Benefits of Two-Phase Treatment

At Norton Orthodontics, we approach your problems with only the treatments you actually need. Many of Dr. Norton’s younger patients in Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, and Port Charlotte need two-phase treatment. But what is a two-phase treatment? What are its benefits? 

Phase One – Building Foundations

Phase one of the two-phase treatment is like laying the foundation for a house. It’s all about creating the right environment for your child’s teeth to grow and thrive.

Phase one is a custom fit for each child. It might include expanders to make room for those eager incoming teeth or specialized appliances that feel like a comfy pair of shoes for the mouth. This phase aims to create space and guide growth, a true space saver for the future.


Expanders help make more room in your child’s mouth. They gently widen the upper jaw to allow space for those growing teeth. Imagine your little one trying to fit all their toys in a small box. An expander is like getting a bigger box so everything fits just right!

Here’s how expanders work:

  • Placement: Dr. Norton places the expander on the upper teeth.
  • Adjustment: A special key is used to turn a screw in the center, little by little.
  • Gentle Stretch: This slow turning makes the upper jaw gradually widen.
  • Time to Grow: It stays in place for several months, giving the jaw time to grow into its new shape.

Partial Braces

Partial braces are like having a few friends over instead of the whole class. They’re used on certain teeth, not the whole mouth.

Here’s what they do:

  • Spot Treatment: If a few teeth are acting like they’re in a race, trying to get ahead of the others, partial braces slow them down.
  • Early Help: They’re often used in phase one to fix small problems before they become big headaches.
  • Less Noticeable: They’re often less noticeable since they’re only on some teeth. It’s like wearing a fun accessory!

Both expanders and partial braces are like the behind-the-scenes crew in a play. They do the important work early on, so the star of the show – your child’s smile – can shine bright in the end!

Many younger patients need two-phase treatment. So Norton Orthodontics is sharing the benefits of two-phase treatment and what it can do for your child!

When Should Phase One Begin?

Timing is everything, and phase one usually kicks off between ages seven and 10. Think of it like catching a flight at the right moment. Start too late, and you might miss the best opportunity to take off.

What’s fantastic about phase one is that it’s a wise investment in your child’s future smile. By taking action early, you’re putting resources into something that will last a lifetime. It’s not just about the here and now. It helps set the stage for phase two, where the magic of a perfect smile comes to life.

And don’t worry; our Norton Orthodontics team is with you every step of the way! Regular check-ins and professional care make sure everything’s on track. We’re your trusted friend on this exciting journey toward a smile that feels just right.

If phase one sounds like a mystery, consider it the opening chapter of a delightful story. It’s where the adventure begins, and we can’t wait to share it with you and your child!

Phase Two – Perfecting the Smile

Welcome to phase two of the two-phase treatment. This is where the magic happens! Phase one was about laying the foundation. But phase two represents building the dream house. It’s where everything comes together to give your kiddo a stunning smile that feels just right.

This phase is where traditional, ceramic, or invisible braces might enter the arena. Think of them as skilled artisans working diligently to create something beautiful. They’re the tools that bring the vision to life, working harmoniously with what was achieved in phase one.

Here’s a quick look at the benefits of traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, and Invisalign, especially when it comes to two-phase treatment:

Traditional Metal Braces

  • Sturdy and Reliable: Like a trusty old bike, they’ll get you where you need to go.
  • Great for Complex Cases: Metal braces can calm things down if teeth are throwing a wild party.
  • Cost-Effective: Often easier on the wallet, like finding a sale on your favorite snack.

Ceramic Braces

  • Subtle Appearance: They blend in with teeth, like a chameleon in the jungle.
  • Strong Performance: They work hard but don’t need to show off about it.
  • A Touch of Style: You can choose colored bands for a splash of fun.


  • Nearly Invisible: Like secret agents, they’re there but hard to spot.
  • Removable: Take them out for special occasions, like a fancy dinner.
  • Comfortable Fit: They hug your teeth like a soft blanket on a chilly night.

Many younger patients need two-phase treatment. So Norton Orthodontics is sharing the benefits of two-phase treatment and what it can do for your child!

Why Choose Two-Phase Treatment? 

Why choose a two-phase treatment? It’s like asking why choose the scenic route on a road trip. Sometimes, the journey is just as important as the destination, and two-phase treatment is worth taking.

Every child is unique, and the two-phase treatment recognizes that. We tailor the treatment to your child’s specific needs. It’s like having a suit or dress made just for them, fitting perfectly and feeling comfortable.

With two-phase treatment, you’re not just getting a service but joining a family. Regular check-ins, expert guidance, and a warm, friendly atmosphere make the process feel like a shared adventure. It’s like having a trusted friend guiding you every step of the way.

Two-Phase Treatment At Norton Orthodontics

Families across Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, and Port Charlotte are filing into our offices. They’ve seen the dramatic changes that two-phase treatment offers. Ready to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Norton? Visit us at Norton Orthodontics! Go here to get started. 


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