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Two phase orthodontic treatment

Perfect Smiles Made in Two Phases

Laster Orthodontics offers two-phase orthodontic treatment for children to help them grow into a perfect smile. 

Schedule a free consultation to learn if two-phase orthodontic treatment is right for your child. 

  • What is two-phase orthodontic treatment? 
    Two-phase orthodontic treatment is a very specialized process that encompasses tooth straightening and physical, facial changes. We try to utilize two-phase treatment only when changes in the bite and arches will be most beneficial during the growing years. Not everyone benefits from this type of treatment. The major advantage of a two-phase treatment is to maximize the opportunity to accomplish the ideal healthy, functional, aesthetic result that will remain stable throughout your life.
  • What if I put off treatment? 
    The disadvantage of waiting for complete eruption of permanent teeth in someone with a jaw discrepancy, and leaving the condition untreated, could result in a jaw discrepancy too severe to achieve an ideal result with braces even later in life.
  • What are the benefits of two-phase orthodontic treatment?
    Because they are growing rapidly, children can benefit enormously from an early phase of orthodontic treatment utilizing appliances that direct the growth of the upper and lower jaw. Establishing a good foundation creates adequate room for eruption of all the permanent teeth. This early correction may prevent later removal of permanent teeth to correct overcrowding and/or surgical procedures to align the upper and lower jaw. 


Phase One

Your foundation for a lifetime of beautiful teeth

The goal of the first phase of treatment is to develop the jaw size in order to accommodate all the permanent teeth, as well as relating the upper and lower jaws to each other. Children sometimes exhibit early signs of jaw problems as they grow and develop. An upper and lower jaw that is growing too much or not enough can be recognized at an early age. If children after age 6 are found to have this jaw discrepancy, they are candidates for early orthodontic treatment.


Making records to determine your unique treatment

Dr. Laster will take models, x-rays, and photographs of your child's teeth. These orthodontic records will help determine the type of appliances to be used, the duration of treatment time, and the frequency of visits. 


Resting Period

After phase one, the remaining permanent teeth are allowed to erupt. Retaining devices are not usually recommended since they may interfere with tooth eruption. It is best to allow the existing permanent teeth some freedom of movement to grow in. A successful first phase will have created room for teeth to find an eruption path. 


Monitoring your child's progress

At the end of phase one, your child's teeth are not in their final positions. This will be determined and accomplished in the second phase of treatment. Selective removal of certain primary (baby) teeth may be in the best interest of enhancing eruption during this resting phase. Therefore, periodic recall appointments for observation are necessary, usually on a six-month basis.


Phase Two

creating the perfect smile

The goal of the second phase is to make sure each tooth has an exact location in the mouth where it is in harmony with the lips, cheeks, tongue, and other teeth. When this equilibrium is established, the teeth will function together properly. Your child's phase two braces will help them achieve a perfect smile they can be confident in for the rest of their lives.


Movement and retention

The second phase of treatment is all about perfection and retention. At the beginning of the first phase, orthodontic records were made and a diagnosis and treatment plan was established. Certain types of appliances were used in the first phase, as dictated by the problem. The second phase is initiated when all permanent teeth have erupted, and usually requires braces on all the teeth for an average of 24 months. Retainers are worn after this phase to ensure you retain your beautiful smile.


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Clear aligners are removable and virtually invisible.

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Invisalign is a clear alternative to braces.

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We use revolutionary 3D technology that leads to fewer visits.

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All the benefits of brand name aligners at a fraction of the cost.

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Removable and virtually invisible. No wires, metal or brackets.

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  Faster smiles every time, every day, for everyone.

At Laster Orthodontics, marvelous is an everyday thing. We help families develop healthy, perfect smiles using customized treatments, and cutting-edge technology. We offer patients a wide range of options from traditional braces, to Dr. Laster's in-house aligner system, Laster Perfect Smile.

We create life-changing smiles every time, every day, for everyone.

Incredible people are among us.

The Laster Orthodontics team is full of happy, warm, genuine people who love life, and our patients. We are always 100% committed to patient care.

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My son got braces at Laster Orthodontics. They are now off and his teeth look great! The staff and Dr. Laster were extremely friendly and helpful through the whole process.

– Kim Ferace