Phase 1 Treatment

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have an initial evaluation by the age of seven as this is an optimal time to evaluate skeletal development and identify the position of the permanent teeth.

Each child’s needs are unique. For some, it is best to begin treatment before all of the permanent teeth have come in with Phase I / Interceptive Treatment. For others, it is best to wait until the permanent teeth have fully erupted and the roots are completely formed.  Operating in a timely manner is important to improve the stability, function and aesthetics of the results.  A proper evaluation will help us create a seamless future treatment plan.

Goals of Phase I Treatment

Harmonize the growth of the upper and lower jaws by creating room through expansion of the maxillary arch to assist in the growth of the permanent teeth.

Indications for Phase 1 Treatment

Significant crowding or bite problems including:

  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Open bites
  • Extreme deep bites where the lower front teeth are digging into the roof of the mouth
  • Crossbites of the front or back teeth

Benefits of Phase 1 Treatment

  • Reduces the possibility of removing permanent teeth in order to correct overcrowding.
  • Lowers the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth and other malpositioned teeth.
  • Guides jaw growth and permanent teeth into more favorable positions.
  • Manages crowding and spacing problems.
  • Corrects harmful habits.
  • Improves appearance and self-esteem.

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