Comprehensive orthodontic treatment, unlike two-phase orthodontics, is completed in just one stage. Treatments like braces, metal or ceramic, “tooth-colored” braces, Invisalign or Invisalign Teen, are usually considered a comprehensive orthodontic treatment. Comprehensive orthodontic treatment is just as effective as a two-phase treatment, and often times, patients complete their treatment within 18-24 months.
The most notable difference between the two treatment styles is when the treatment begins. Two-phase treatment usually starts during the childhood or pre-teen years, whereas comprehensive orthodontics usually begins during the teenage or even adult years.
There are a few specific reasons why comprehensive orthodontic treatment is the most common of the two:
Now that we’ve explored some of the main differences that distinguish two-phase orthodontics from conventional, comprehensive orthodontic treatment, what is the best course of action? Dr. Jaffe and the team will properly evaluate your unique situation and detail out what works best. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child have an orthodontic evaluation around the age of seven, so Dr. Jaffe is able to provide expert guidance on which route to take following this evaluation. Since orthodontic problems can present themselves around this age, Dr. Jaffe can provide preventative treatment options and discuss the options if any problems should be present.
There have been tremendous advances in orthodontic technology in recent years. Treatments are faster, less painful and extremely versatile. Adults can still achieve amazing results with orthodontic treatments like braces and Invisalign, but it is always more advantageous to undergo treatment during teenage years.
If you are a parent of a teen or an adult considering orthodontic treatment for yourself, contact Dr. Jaffe’s office today. Our staff will be able to help answer any questions or even schedule your first appointment. It’s our mission to create healthy, beautiful smiles for life.