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  • Writer's pictureKristen Farrell

Understanding Phase 1 and Phase 2 Orthodontic Treatment With Mercier Dental

A beautiful smile is a journey, and orthodontic treatment is the map that guides you there. It's a process typically divided into two distinct phases: Phase 1 and Phase 2. These phases ensure that patients receive the most effective treatment at the appropriate times in their dental development.


Phase 1: The Foundation for a Perfect Smile

Ollie and Dr Mercier smile with the start of her orthodontic treatment phase 1
Ollie Starts Phase 1 with Dr Mercier at Mercier Dental

Phase 1, also known as early interceptive treatment, usually begins while the child has most of their primary teeth and a few of their permanent front incisors. This phase of treatment can begin as early as age 6 or 7. The goal is to address significant orthodontic issues early to prevent them from becoming more severe.

During this phase, Dr. Marc Mercier and his team at Mercier Dental in New Albany focus on creating a foundation for a lifetime of beautiful smiles. This can include guiding the growth of the jaw, correcting bad oral habits, and making room for future permanent teeth.




Phase 2 Orthodontic Treatment patient smiling
Phase 2 Orthodontic Treatment

Phase 2: Perfecting the Smile


After a resting period, Phase 2 begins, typically when most permanent teeth have erupted. This stage usually involves full upper and lower braces or aligners to perfect the alignment of the teeth and bite. The objective here is not just cosmetic; a properly aligned bite means better chewing functionality and overall oral health. Phase 2 is about fine-tuning the results from Phase 1, ensuring each tooth is in the correct place for a harmonious and functional bite. This phase usually lasts on average about 24 months, but this can vary depending on individual needs.


Taking the First Step

The journey to a perfect smile starts with a consultation. Dr. Marc Mercier is not only a skilled general dentist but also has extensive experience in orthodontic care. At Mercier Dental, the team is dedicated to providing personalized and compassionate care for every patient.

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Call to Action (CTA):

Ready to start your journey to a perfect smile? Contact Mercier Dental today to set up an orthodontic consultation. Whether you or your loved ones are just beginning your dental journey or are ready for Phase 2, Dr. Mercier and his team are here to guide you. Call us at (662)534- 5252 or visit our office in New Albany to schedule your visit. Let's embrace the path to a beautiful, healthy smile together!



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