During the period between the first and second treatment phase, follow-up visits are usually between 8-12 months apart. The patient may have to wear a retainer during this phase.
Second phase (if necessary)
During the initial treatment phase, neither the orthodontist or the patient has control over the final position of all the permanent teeth, since most of them are still growing. If misalignments or other abnormalities are observed after the eruption of all permanent teeth, a new treatment phase may be necessary. At this time, the patient is informed of the costs associated with this second phase. This treatment phase usually takes place between the ages of 12-14 years and lasts between 12-26 months.
If it is advisable to wait, treatment is initiated when all permanent teeth have completed their eruption. Single-phase treatment normally takes 20-30 months, usually around the age of 12-14 years. The duration of treatment depends on several factors, including :