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Two-Phase Treatment in Atlanta and Marietta, GA

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Wright Orthodontics dedicates its efforts to providing the two-phase treatment to local children as a way to correct misaligned teeth so that everyone can have a beautiful and bright smile.

What is the Two-Phase Treatment?

The two-phase orthodontic treatment is a specialized treatment that involves tooth straightening and physical, facial changes. The first phase takes place when your child still has baby teeth while the second phase takes place after your child has all of his permanent teeth.

As an experienced orthodontist, Dr. Wright diagnoses and treats younger patients in Atlanta and Marietta, GA who require the two-phase treatment. During your child’s initial consultation, he will determine if this treatment is necessary and answer your questions regarding the two-phase treatment.

How Does the Two-Phase Treatment Work?

In the first phase, your child’s jaw is adjusted to fit all of the permanent teeth and then positioned so that the upper and lower jaws are in alignment with each other. Because children typically exhibit signs of jaw issues at an early age, Dr. Wright can intercede and make the necessary corrections so that they grow properly. Many children 6 years old and older already show signs of jaw discrepancies and are ideal candidates for this early intervention.

The second phase makes sure that all of the permanent teeth are in their proper position and that the upper and lower teeth are in alignment with each other. This phase involves braces usually worn for about two years followed by a retainer to ensure that the teeth stay in the right spot.

Why is the Two-Phase Treatment Necessary?

The two-phase treatment is designed specifically for young children whose jaws have not fully developed. By directing the growth of the upper and lower jaws, the first phase lays a foundation to provide room for and help guide permanent teeth into their proper position. In the past, it was common for orthodontists to favor tooth removal to offset overcrowding and surgical procedures for adults to realign jaws. The two-phase treatment eliminates much of this old way of making room for teeth and readjusting upper and lower jaws.

What Happens if I Avoid the Two-Phase Treatment?

If you avoid the two-phase treatment for your child and decide to wait for braces in several years, your child can end up with a compromised or limited result. It is essential to make sure the upper and lower jaws grow correctly so that the teeth end up in proper alignment.

What is the Cost of the Two-Phase Treatment in Atlanta and Marietta, GA?

The two-phase treatment varies with every patient depending on their dental issues. Because of this, the cost of the two-phase treatment also varies.

Dr. Wright recommends your child have his first orthodontic check-up by the age of seven. Through his evaluation, he will be able to determine if the two-phase treatment is necessary and also provide you with costs.

His courteous staff is knowledgeable about the process and will walk you through the payment and financing options as well as whether your dental insurance covers any or all of the cost of this form of treatment.

If you are considering the two-phase treatment, please check out our Smile Gallery to see before and after pictures of Atlanta and Marietta, GA patients.

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Dr. Wright is a leading orthodontist who understands that each patient has unique needs and desires. He has improved the lives of and given a bright smile to many people in and around Atlanta and Marietta. He and his staff are committed to helping you get the smile you have always wanted whether you are a child, a teenager, or even an adult. Call us today at 404-507-2078 (Atlanta Office) or 770-648-2835 (Marietta Office) for your free consultation!

Written by Wright Orthodontics March 7, 2014