At Kirby Nelson Orthodontics, we look at each patient individually and consider which treatment plan will be the most beneficial. Sometimes, our younger patients can greatly benefit from dividing treatment into two phases.

The first phase, or “interceptive” phase, may involve simple appliances or limited braces to correct underlying problems such as narrow jaws, crossbites or severe crowding. By starting treatment at a young age, Dr. Kirby Nelson is able to manipulate jaw positions and take advantage of the patient’s growth potential during treatment. The interceptive phase can often decrease the need for extraction of permanent teeth or jaw surgery in the future.

After the first phase of treatment, there will be a resting period, allowing the permanent teeth to adjust and grow into position. Once all of the permanent teeth have erupted (usually around age 11 or 12), Phase 2 orthodontics can begin. Phase 2 involves the use of braces or clear aligners to move the teeth into the ideal positions.

To schedule your complimentary consultation with our orthodontist in North Bend, Maple Valley, Snoqualmie or Enumclaw, Washington, and to learn more about two-phase treatment plans, please call our caring staff. We look forward to hearing from you soon!