Two-Phase Treatment

Two-phase dental treatment is a specialized approach to dental care for both adults and children that involves two stages of treatment. This type of treatment is usually recommended for individuals who have complex or severe orthodontic issues, such as malocclusion (misaligned bite) or crowding. 

If you or your child is struggling or self-conscious due to orthodontic issues, contact Clifton & Mauney Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry at 888.339.8108 or online to schedule a consultation for two-phase orthodontic treatment.  


8 year old boy at pediatric dentist office in a green shirt and sunglasses. He looks happy and ready to meet with Dr. Chuck and Dr. Nash at Clifton & Mauney Pediatric Dentistry!

What Is Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment? 

Two-phase treatment is a method of orthodontic care that involves two distinct stages.

The first stage, or phase I, typically occurs while the child still has primary (baby) teeth. This stage focuses on correcting any existing dental problems and preparing the child’s mouth for future development. Depending on the individual case, phase I treatment may include procedures such as expanders, space maintainers, or partial braces. 

The second stage, or phase II, takes place when the child’s permanent teeth have fully erupted. This phase involves traditional orthodontic treatments such as braces or aligners to straighten the teeth and correct any remaining issues. Phase II aims to achieve a healthy, functional, and aesthetically pleasing smile. 

Two-phase treatment is typically recommended for children who have orthodontic concerns that are too severe to be addressed in one stage. These may include: 

In adult patients, the first phase generally focuses on addressing any immediate concerns or problems, such as decay, infection, or pain. This phase is also known as the “restorative phase” and typically involves procedures such as fillings, root canals, or extractions. The second phase is the preventative or maintenance phase. This stage focuses on maintaining the results achieved in the first phase and preventing further dental problems from arising. It may involve procedures such as regular check-ups, cleanings, and other preventative treatments. 

The Benefits of Two-Phase Treatment for Children 

The two-phase approach to orthodontic treatment allows for the correction of underlying issues before they become more severe in the child’s later years. Benefits include: 

Two-phase orthodontic treatment may seem like a long process, but the benefits far outweigh any potential drawbacks. By addressing dental issues early on, children can avoid more extensive and invasive treatments in their later years while also achieving a healthier and more confident smile. 

Contact Clifton & Mauney Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry for Complete Care 

Dental care for children is a critical aspect of their overall health and development. It is recommended that children visit the dentist as soon as their first tooth appears or by their first birthday. However, some children may require specialized treatment to correct issues with their teeth and jaw at an early age. Call 888.339.8108 or contact Clifton & Mauney Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry online to schedule a consultation today. We also offer adult services and treatment.