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Two-Phase Orthodontics in Virginia Beach, VA

To lessen the orthodontic treatment of teens, many orthodontists recommend two-phase orthodontics. Drs. Savage, Sabol & Visser offer two-phase orthodontics for children living in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Virginia’s eastern shore to correct smaller issues before they become larger problems with age.

What is Two-Phase Orthodontics?

Two-phase treatment for orthodontics involves interceptive treatment and orthodontic treatment. The entire orthodontic plan is tentatively laid out in two phases. The first phase typically is done to correct any issues with a younger, developing mouth, including the eruption of permanent teeth, space maintenance for missing teeth, and other problems that may not yet have occurred but are detectable through x-rays and scans. The first phase is typically the major phase and may involve growth modification to prevent or correct problems. The second phase benefits from phase one in that it is an easier treatment that usually involves simply straightening and realigning teeth once the mouth has matured and grown.

Why is Two-Phase Orthodontics Necessary?

Two-phase orthodontics is necessary for children who may have more complex issues either happening or on the horizon. Phase one is typically performed on children with bite and overcrowding issues. This allows the orthodontists to fix problems before they are more complex and guide permanent teeth and jaws into their proper placement.

How Does Two-Phase Orthodontics Work?

Phase one usually deals with issues pertaining to the structure of the mouth and how the permanent teeth are coming in. Some of the more common problems addressed during phase one include widening a narrow dental arch, guiding permanent teeth in the right direction and placement, and addressing tooth misalignments.

Once phase one is complete, there is a “rest period” in which the orthodontist continues to monitor the progress of the eruption of permanent teeth and simply give their patients time to let their mouths mature to be ready for phase two.

When the time is right, phase two begins by applying braces. The type of braces depends on each patient and the issues that orthodontics plans to correct. The length of time to complete phase two is often shortened as a result of phase one.

Is Two-Phase Orthodontics Right for My Child?

The American Association of Orthodontics recommends children see an orthodontist by the age of 7, since many issues become visible as permanent teeth start to erupt. Our orthodontists can evaluate your child’s teeth to determine if a two-phase treatment is necessary.

How Much Does Two-Phase Orthodontics Cost?

The cost of two-phase treatments varies with each patient based on what they need during each phase. For most patients, the cost is broken down into separate costs for each phase. With each phase, we schedule a consultation with the parents to discuss the details of the phase along with payment and financing options. We offer in-house financing as well as financing through CareCredit®. For those with dental insurance, many plans provide coverage for orthodontics to offset the cost. We recommend parents provide their dental insurance information so that we can determine if there is orthodontic coverage available. We work with most insurance companies to determine your out-of-pocket costs prior to beginning your treatment.

Two-phase orthodontics is offered by Drs. Savage, Sabol & Visser to children living in and around Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Virginia’s eastern shore who require more extensive orthodontics to get the smile they deserve. Contact us today to schedule a consultation for your child.

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