We may recommend two-phase orthodontic treatment in Antioch, Grayslake, and Gurnee, Illinois, to provide the best possible service while creating your signature smile. We welcome you to call our practice for more information about two-phase treatment and to schedule your appointment with our talented orthodontists.

Two-phase orthodontic treatment is a specialized process that combines tooth straightening with physical facial changes. It is used to maximize the opportunity to achieve the ideal healthy, functional, and aesthetic orthodontic results, and to create results that will remain stable throughout your entire life.

Phase One

Phase one of two-phase treatment build the foundation for a lifetime of beautiful smiles. During this phase, our orthodontists will help your jaw develop properly to accommodate all of your permanent teeth, and improve the way the upper and lower jaws fit together.

Children can benefit greatly from phase one treatments. Receiving early treatment may prevent the removal of permanent teeth later in life, and the need for surgical procedures to realign the jaw.

Children frequently exhibit early signs of jaw problems as they grow and develop. An upper jaw that is growing too much or is too narrow can be recognized at an early age. If children over the age of 6 are found to have a jaw discrepancy, they are candidates for early orthodontic treatment. If children age 8 have crowded front teeth, early treatment can help avoid the need to extract permanent teeth later.

Resting Period

Phase One is followed by a resting period, in which remaining teeth are left alone as they erupt. A successful first phase will have created room for permanent teeth to find an eruption path, otherwise, teeth may become impacted or displaced.

Teeth are not in their final positions following the first phase of treatment. Our orthodontists will monitor the development of your teeth during the resting period to determine if some primary (baby) teeth will need to be extracted to enhance the emergence of permanent teeth.

Phase Two

The goal of phase two of treatment is to ensure that each tooth has a healthy location in the mouth, where it will be in harmony with the other teeth, and with the lips, cheeks, and tongue. This phase begins when all permanent teeth have erupted, and usually requires braces on all your teeth. Retainers may be worn after this phase to ensure that your beautiful smile does not shift after treatments have been completed.

We invite you to contact our office if you have any questions about two-phase treatment and schedule your appointment with Dr. Sellke and Dr. Reily.