What Is Comprehensive Orthodontic Treatment?

Comprehensive orthodontic treatment, unlike two-phase orthodontics, is completed in just one stage. This type of treatment is commonly known as “conventional” orthodontic treatment and typically lasts 18-24 months. Options of traditional metal braces; ceramic, “tooth-colored” braces; or Invisalign are used to align your teeth. We effectively reach the same goals as two-phase treatment by straightening teeth and correcting jaw alignment.

So, What Are The Differences?

The most notable difference between the two treatment styles is when treatment starts. Two-phase treatment starts during the childhood or pre- teen years, whereas comprehensive orthodontics begins during the teenage or even adult years.

The teenage years are ideal for having braces. Assuming there was no need to undergo two-phase treatment, the teenage years mark a stage when most, or all, adult teeth have erupted into place. At this stage, the body and the jawbones are growing rapidly. We are able to work with natural bone growth and changes to align teeth, create a healthy bite and produce the best orthodontic results.

Lastly, is the social aspect of wearing braces. At this time in life, many kids are wearing braces, so it’s almost viewed as normal to have them. Wearing braces during this time won’t alienate a teen or make them feel different; In fact, they will be in the same position as many of their friends, making it a perfect bonding point with friends. There will be no reason to feel self- conscious or socially awkward. They can share advice and experiences of having braces together!