Phase II and Adolescent Treatment

Self-Ligating Braces With Your Florissant Orthodontist

Phase II & Adolescent Treatment At White Orthodontics, our board-certified orthodontists and dental team provide expert Phase II orthodontic care for adolescents all across O’Fallon & Florissant, Missouri. The most common time for adolescent orthodontic treatment is between ages 10-14, and for a good reason! By age 12, most young teenagers’ permanent teeth have erupted and are in place, allowing our staff to easily detect crooked or misaligned teeth, large gaps between teeth, and any structural problems with the jaw. These common orthodontic problems won’t correct themselves over time, so it’s crucial for parents to seek out our professional orthodontic opinion right away for their young teenagers!

The Best Age For Braces In O’Fallon

During a child’s early adolescence, many negative associations with braces are not present; making it the perfect time for orthodontic appliances! Many adolescent children in Florissant & O’Fallon undergo orthodontic treatment from ages 10-14, helping to inspire their peers to join the continuously growing braces club! From fully customizable rubber band colors on their brackets, to detailed designs on their retainers, your young teenager will want to look cool and fit in with their peers at school.

Benefits Of Braces During Adolescent Growth Spurts

Aside from the benefits of fitting in with their friends, children who are in their early years of adolescence are growing rapidly, and our orthodontists can usually take advantage of these growth spurts to help shape their bite and teeth correctly. Children at this age also have high metabolisms, which can help shorten overall treatment time and reduce the discomfort of their orthodontic appliances.

The benefits of adolescent treatment include:

  • Shorter orthodontic treatment period
  • Less discomfort from appliances while teeth are growing
  • No negative connotations with wearing braces

Our Orthodontic Treatment Options For Adolescents

During your teen’s first appointment at White Orthodontics, our dental team will create diagnostic records of their mouth, which may include digital photographs, x-rays, and dental impressions. Our doctors will use this diagnostic information to create a unique treatment plan that will best meet your teenager’s needs. Once the initial exam is over, one of our orthodontists will sit down with you and your teen to chat about their findings and your teen’s potential treatment options.

Types of braces for Phase II treatment include:

  • Traditional Metal Braces –  Metal braces - made from high-grade stainless steel - are among the most popular types of braces that are very effective and economical. While metal braces used in the past were bulky and uncomfortable, today’s modern metal braces are smaller, more comfortable, and more attractive.
  • Clear Ceramic Braces – Clear braces are made of a translucent ceramic material to make treatment more discreet. These braces are ideal for teenagers who don’t want their treatment to be so obvious.The only drawbacks to ceramic brackets are that they are more fragile, and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits.
  • Self-Ligating Braces - Self-ligating brackets utilize sliding door technology known as “self-ligation,” allowing archwires to slide back and forth within the bracket. No elastic or steel ties are used with self-ligating brackets. This technology creates less friction and results in greater comfort for the patient. In addition, self-ligating braces often reduce both treatment time and the number of adjustments that are usually performed.


After your teen completes the primary portion of Phase II orthodontic treatment, it’s important that they understand all of their hard work and dedication isn’t over quite yet. Post-orthodontic care and retention begins right after primary treatment ends, and our doctors will work with your teen to provide a retainer that fits their needs and lifestyle to perfection. We recommend your teen wears their customized retainer as much as possible for the first three to six months, then wear it every night for the rest of their lives!

Get In Touch With Your Florissant Orthodontist Today For Phase II Treatment!

With years of hands-on experience treating young patients, our team at White Orthodontics in O’Fallon & Florissant, MO can confidently diagnose your teenager’s orthodontic needs for Phase II treatment right away! Whether your young teen is wanting traditional metal braces, or they are interested in self-ligating braces, make sure to contact us to schedule their first orthodontic examination between ages 10-14!

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