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Phase 1 - Interceptive Orthodontic Treatment

Did you know that your child should see an Orthodontist by the time they are 7 years old? By this age, an Orthodontist can examine the development of your child’s teeth and jaw and intervene before costly Orthodontic or tooth alignment conditions arise.

Learn more about Phase One Orthodontic Treatment and how it can improve your child’s smile for life. Schedule your free consultation today!

What is Phase 1 - Interceptive Orthodontics?

Phase 1 Interceptive Orthodontic Treatment, also known as early Orthodontic treatment or Phase 1 Orthodontics, is for children who may need additional smile guidance before their teen years. By age 7, your child’s teeth will have developed enough for us to see if they have bite malocclusions (misalignment) forming. If so, an Orthodontist will recommend that they receive early Orthodontic treatment.

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Phase One Orthodontic Treatment typically begins around 7-9 years old and can address many bite problems, such as:

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Overbites

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Underbites

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Crossbites

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Crowding

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Crooked teeth

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Jaw problems

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Narrow palates

When these bite malocclusions are addressed early, it can decrease the likelihood of painful dental conditions or costly procedures in the future.

What are the Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatment?

There are many advantages of Early Interceptive Orthodontics, including:

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Guiding the growth of your child’s teeth and jaw

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Preventing their teeth from shifting out of alignment later

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Decreasing the risk of impacted permanent teeth

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Reducing the risk of oral injuries

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Improving lip closure and reducing lip strain

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Expanding narrow dental arches

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Avoiding costly future dental procedures

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Reducing the risk of cavities and tooth decay

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What are the Most Common Types of Phase 1 - Interceptive Orthodontics?

Phase 1 Orthodontic Treatment uses several methods to guide your child’s smile, including:

  • Palatal Expanders: These effectively widen the jaw to make room for developing adult teeth and decrease crowding as these teeth emerge.
  • Braces: Getting braces treatment earlier can correct problems before they become more developed malocclusions. This can reduce or eliminate the need for braces later on.
  • Tooth Removal: While we don’t always do this during early orthodontic treatment, removing impacted teeth or baby teeth can encourage permanent teeth to emerge properly without using an Orthodontic appliance.

Is Phase 1 Orthodontics Right for Your Child?

While early interceptive orthodontics can be helpful for children with more serious bite malocclusions, the majority of children do not need it! They may benefit from treatment in their teens or may not need it at all.

The only way to know whether your child needs early orthodontic treatment is to take them for a consultation. If your child exhibits any of the following symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with us.

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Early or late loss of primary teeth

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Mouth breathing

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Difficulty with speech or chewing

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Protruding teeth

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A persistent thumb-sucking habit

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Crowded or crooked teeth

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Overbites, underbite, or crossbite

Start Your Child’s Early Orthodontic Treatment Plan Today

Your kiddo’s smile is precious, and we know that you want them to enjoy a lifetime of healthy and happy smiles. Early interceptive orthodontics can guide your child’s development and set them on a path toward lifelong dental health. Schedule an appointment with us to evaluate your child’s smile today!

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