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What is Phase I and Phase II treatment?
 
Phase I, or early interceptive treatment, is limited orthodontic treatment (i.e. expander or partial braces) before all of the permanent teeth have erupted. Such treatment may be beneficial between the ages of six and ten. This treatment is sometimes recommended to make more space for developing teeth, correction of crossbites, overbites, underbites, or harmful oral habits.

Phase II treatment is a full set of braces applied later (age 11 to 14) for someone who had Phase I interceptive treatment. Phase I is not always necessary; one comprehensive phase may be all that is needed instead of two phases.
Would an adult patient benefit from orthodontics?
 
Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age. Everyone wants a beautiful and healthy smile. Twenty to twenty-five percent of orthodontic patients today are adults.
 
How does orthodontic treatment work?
 
Braces use steady gentle pressure to gradually move your teeth to their new, corrected positions. The brackets that are placed on your teeth and the archwire that connects them are the main components. When the archwire is placed into the brackets, it tries to return to its original shape. As it does so, it applies pressure to move your teeth to their new, corrected positions.
 
Do braces hurt?
 
The placement of bands and brackets on your teeth does not hurt. Once your braces are placed and connected with the archwires, you may feel some soreness of your teeth for 1 to 4 days. Your lips and cheeks may need 1 to 2 weeks to get used to the braces on your teeth.
 
Will braces interfere with playing sports?
 
No. It is recommended, however, that patients protect their smiles by wearing a mouthguard when participating in any sporting activity. Mouthguards are inexpensive, comfortable, and come in a variety of colors and patterns. Contact us for details.
 
Will braces interfere with playing musical instruments?
 
No. However, there may be an initial period of adjustment. In addition, brace covers can be provided to prevent discomfort.
 
Should I see my general dentist while I have braces?
 
Yes, you should continue to see your general dentist every 6 months for cleanings and dental checkups
 
 
 
 
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