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Summer Smiles: Everything You Need to Know About Phase 1 and Phase 2 Braces


Phase 1 and phase 2 of children braces are two different stages of orthodontic treatment. Phase 1 is usually recommended for children between the ages of 7 and 10, while phase 2 is usually recommended for children between the ages of 11 and 14.


The goal of phase 1 treatment is to correct any problems with the child's bite and to make space for the permanent teeth. The goal of phase 2 treatment is to complete the alignment of the teeth and to achieve a beautiful smile.

In phase 1 treatment, the orthodontist may use a variety of appliances, including:

  • Spacers: Spacers are used to create space for the permanent teeth.

  • Removable appliances: Removable appliances can be used to move teeth and to correct bite problems.

  • Fixed appliances: Fixed appliances are used to move teeth and to correct bite problems.

In phase 2 treatment, the orthodontist may use a variety of appliances, including:

  • Braces: Braces are used to move teeth and to correct bite problems.

  • Clear aligners: Clear aligners are used to move teeth and to correct bite problems.

  • Veneers: Veneers are used to cover up crooked or chipped teeth.

The length of time that a child needs to wear braces will vary depending on the severity of the problem. In general, phase 1 treatment lasts for 9-18 months, while phase 2 treatment lasts for 12-24 months.


There are a few reasons why a child may need to have two phases of orthodontic treatment. First, the child's jaw may not be fully developed when they are in phase 1 treatment. This can make it difficult to move the teeth into the correct position. Second, the child's permanent teeth may not have erupted yet when they are in phase 1 treatment. This can make it difficult to make space for the permanent teeth.

If you are concerned about your child's teeth, it is important to schedule an appointment with an orthodontist. The orthodontist will be able to evaluate your child's teeth and recommend the best course of treatment.


Here are some additional benefits of having two phases of orthodontic treatment:

  • It can help to prevent more serious problems in the future.

  • It can help to improve the child's self-esteem.

  • It can help to improve the child's oral health.

If you are considering orthodontic treatment for your child, click the link below to reserve a complimentary orthodontic consultation.





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