Phase I or Phase II Treatment
Depending on a patient’s presenting malocclusion, a two-phase orthodontic treatment may be recommended. The Phase I orthodontic treatment is designed to improve significant skeletal and dental disharmonies.
Generally, a Phase I treatment is roughly one year in duration. Typically, there is a rest period in treatment until the patient is ready to start the second phase of treatment to finish correcting the alignment of his or her teeth. Phase II treatment is generally shorter than a typical one-phase treatment approach, due to the benefits achieved in the first phase.
If a two-phase treatment is not warranted, patients are placed on a recall system and periodically evaluated until they are dentally ready to start their orthodontic treatment.