Phase I & Phase II Treatment For Kids

A child will go through multiple stages of dental development by the time they become a teenager. Both phases are associated with different kinds of orthodontic treatments to correct a variety of oral health concerns. Parents of children and teens can feel confident in the skill and caring concern that all team members at Stieper & Brust Orthodontics. When you are looking for an orthodontist for a wellness check around age six or have questions about a teen’s permanent teeth, you can count on us.

Childhood Phase I

Phase I dental development takes place between ages 6 and 10. Orthodontic interventions at this time may be required to correct severe overbites, underbites, and crossbites. This is also a good time for some patients to undergo facial growth modification, a special treatment that guides the growing facial bones into a more optimal position with the help of appliances like palette expanders. Orthodontic care during Phase I is often referred to as interceptive.

Childhood Phase II

The second phase of childhood oral development occurs between ages 12 and 13. By this time permanent teeth have fully erupted. Orthodontists will usually wait for 12 – 16 permanent teeth to emerge before Phase II treatment, also called comprehensive treatment, will begin. 

Phase II treatment is typically associated with achieving an optimal bite through gently realigning the permanent teeth into a new position. Other aligner options exist, including:

  • Metal braces
  • Ceramic braces
  • Invisalign aligners

Retainers are another valuable aligner used following a course of treatment with braces or Invisalign. Retention is the final stage in orthodontic treatment and helps firmly settle the teeth into their new position.

Have A Question? Contact Us Today!

Here at Stieper & Brust Orthodontics, we serve patients of all ages, including adults. We believe that everyone deserves a healthy, beautiful smile. Discover your treatment options today by calling 734-662-7200 for our Ann Arbor location or 313-299-9700 for our Taylor location. We look forward to hearing from you soon!