Phase 2 Orthodontic Treatment is started during early adolescence or some time during a child’s teenage years. It is a continuation of Phase 1 Treatment that addresses orthodontic problems that an older child may have. During Phase 2, the orthodontist can align the teeth, address malocclusion, and fix teeth that are out of position or fail to erupt. Braces, functional appliances, and retainers can be used.
Sometimes, regular orthodontic treatment can’t fix certain types of problem, and jaw surgery may be necessary. If so, Phase 2 treatment may be limited to having the teeth are straightened without correcting the bite. Final orthodontic treatment and bite correction are postponed until the child is skeletally mature and is a candidate for jaw surgery.