Treatment Phases

Phase I Orthodontics


Early treatment (interceptive orthodontics) can often provide significant benefits, especially for children with jaw irregularities. Treating your child during their early growth stages (age 7-10) allows us to achieve results that may not be possible once the face and jaw bones have developed. This early treatment can usually be accomplished in 8-10 months and can significantly simplify or minimize future care. However, in most cases, a second set of braces is applied during adolescence. Phase I orthodontics is often misunderstood and often over-prescribed. For example, in our office, only 30% of our patients seen at this early age require intervention. The majority of our patients are treated in a single phase of orthodontics in adolescence. 

Phase II Orthodontics


We often see a boost in self confidence associated with having a new healthy and beautiful smile. Treating your child during adolescence (Phase II) allows us to align all of the newly erupted permanent teeth and create a healthy bite that will last a lifetime. This phase is the most common and typically includes a full set of braces for 14-16 months. Efficiency and timing are the name of the game. We pride ourselves on having extremely short treatment times. In fact, we evaluate our practice monthly to see how many patients end up in braces beyond their estimated treatment time. Currently, we finish 97% of our patients on time or ahead of schedule.

Phase III Orthodontics


Adults can benefit equally from orthodontic treatment. Many of our patients are between the ages of 18 and 70 and are often surprised by how quickly treatment progresses. New technology and materials have resulted in braces that are hardly noticeable and easy to wear. We plan on working closely with your referring doctor to come up with a treatment plan that best addresses your specific needs. Perhaps you are someone who has had orthodontic treatment in the past, and like some of our current adult patients, are not a stranger to orthodontics. We strive to make our adult orthodontic treatment plans "water-tight". This often includes diagnosing why orthodontics may have not been stable in the first place, and using long-term retention protocols to ensure teeth stay straight for a lifetime.