Comprehensive Treatment: Phase 2

The goal of the second phase is to make sure each tooth has an exact location in the mouth where it is in harmony with the lips, cheeks, tongue, and other teeth.

Phase 1 can often provide the necessary improvement in order to make the Phase 2 treatment shorter and more cost effective.

Rodney G. Payne DDS, MS
Orthodontist, Payne Orthodontics

The second phase is initiated when all the permanent teeth have erupted and usually requires braces on all the teeth for an average of 18-24 months.

Retainers are worn after this phase to ensure you retain your beautiful smile.

See: Retention and Post Treatment

Most patients that come in after their adult teeth have erupted will likely begin treatment at Phase 2, as Phase 1 is meant to help adjust bone structure and spacing problems during the state that a child’s jaws are growing. Treatment initiated without Phase 1 is considered full comprehensive orthodontic work.

Due to the improvements made in Phase 1 Treatment, Phase 2 Treatment requires less patient participation (no headgear and fewer rubber bands), and often eliminates extraction of permanent teeth and reduces the time spent in full braces.

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Learn about the different types of braces available for your orthodontic treatment phases:

Metal Brackets

Metal braces provide the most cost effective option and more predictable results.

Clear Braces

Most popular with adult patients, Clarity™ Ceramic Braces are known as “clear braces” are made of translucent material.


The Invisalign System is a series of clear overlay templates called aligners that have been generated by computer simulation to gradually move the teeth.

Damon Brackets

Damon braces use a slide mechanism to hold the wire instead of elastics. Ask Dr. Payne about the benefits of using Damon brackets.