With two-phase orthodontics, Susan Baloul, DMD, MS, DScD, a dual-trained specialist in orthodontics and periodontics, is able to correct orthodontic issues and create a beautiful smile for children and teens living in and around Boston, Brookline, Norwood and Framingham, MA.
What is Two-Phase Orthodontics?
Two-phase orthodontic treatment is a comprehensive orthodontic approach that combines the physical changes to your face and skull as well as the straightening of your teeth normally associated with braces. The goal of this process is to obtain healthy, functional results, while delivering ideal aesthetics that will remain stable for the rest of your child’s life.
Early treatment is also the key to preventing further complications in the future and avoiding more complex treatment options. It is also the best way to achieve lasting results
How Does Two-Phase Treatment Work?
Two-Phase orthodontics achieves the desired results of the treatment in two steps:
Phase One treatment is designed to help the jaw develop, to allow for all the permanent teeth to come in properly. It also can help improve the way the upper and lower jaw fit together. Early orthodontic treatment can also help prevent the need for extractions or surgery later in life. During the initial consultation, orthodontic records will be taken to determine if early treatment is needed. These records will consist of x-rays, photographs and models of the teeth. These records will provide the blueprint for the treatment to come.
Once the jaw has been prepared for the permanent teeth to erupt, the permanent teeth will be left to come in naturally during this phase. It is important to allow your permanent teeth some freedom to move and come in naturally. It is also important to know the teeth will not be in their final position after this phase of treatment. This movement will be accomplished in Phase Two. Dr. Baloul will monitor your child’s teeth during this time and determine if any treatment is needed prior to starting Phase Two.
In Phase Two, Dr. Baloul and her team will develop a treatment plan designed to move each tooth to the exact location in your child’s mouth where it fits naturally with their other teeth, cheeks, tongue and lips. This phase will typically involve a full set of braces on both the upper and lower teeth. This phase can begin when all of your child’s permanent teeth have erupted and usually involves about 24 months of braces on your child’s teeth. After the braces are removed, they will need to wear a retainer to make sure their beautiful new smile is preserved.
How Do I Know if My Child Requires Two-Phase Orthodontics?
We recommend parents schedule their child’s initial orthodontic consultation with Dr. Baloul at age seven for a comprehensive examination, x-rays and evaluation to determine if two-phase orthodontics is required.
How Long Does It Take to Complete Each Phase?
Each treatment varies with time, based on the severity of the issue and the recommended treatment. Most children complete Phase One within about six and 18 months. Following that, the resting phase may last one to two years with Phase Two lasting up to two years.
How Much Does Two-Phase Orthodontics Cost?
The cost of two-phase orthodontics is based on the severity of the issues, how they are treated and the length of time it takes to complete both phases. During a consultation, we go over the costs as well as our payment and financing options. We accept cash, checks and major credit cards in addition to offering financing through OrthoFi. Patients with dental insurance are encouraged to supply their information when making the initial appointment so we can determine if their plan provides any coverage towards orthodontics.
If you are concerned with the development of your child’s teeth, we recommend you schedule a consultation with Susan Baloul, DMD, MS, DScD, a dual-trained specialist in orthodontics and periodontics, to determine if two-phase orthodontics is necessary. If you’re living in Boston, Brookline, Norwood, Framingham or a neighboring city in MA, contact us today.