Phase One Orthodontics and Your Child’s Teeth
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Phase One Orthodontics and Your Child’s Teeth

Phase One orthodontics is something we get asked about often.  Why do we treat in two phases?  Does my child need to be treated in two phases?  How do I know if my child needs early treatment?  Why does EVERY kid get braces so young these days?

No need to worry – we’ve got some answers!

What is Phase One Orthodontic Treatment?

Phase one orthodontics is an early, and shortened, treatment phase targeted at younger children with both permanent and baby teeth present.  It’s primary goals are to eliminate large functional problems with the developing teeth and jaws in order to prevent further problems from developing.

What Types of Treatment are done in Phase One?

Normal phase one orthodontic intervention may include appliances such as the following:

  • Expander
  • Braces
  • Space Maintainers
  • Primary (Baby) Teeth Removal
  • Growth Modification Appliances
  • Retainer

How long does Phase One Treatment Last?

Every child is different but a standard phase one treatment lasts anywhere from 10-14 months.  Upon completion, your child will wear a retainer made specifically for their teeth.  We will monitor growth and development until they are ready, if necessary, for their comprehensive treatment.

What Problems do I watch for in my child’s Teeth?

Specific problems your orthodontist will be watching for (and you at home can watch for) include:

  • Skeletal Discrepancies
  • Missing/Abnormal Tooth Eruption
  • Spacing
  • Crowding
  • Open Bite/Deep Bite
  • Overjet/Protrusion
  • Crossbite
  • Pathology

Does every child need phase one treatment?

Absolutely not!  We recommend every child be seen by an orthodontist by age 7 in order to evaluate their dental development.  Often times we place your child on a recall and wait to initiate treatment until all of their permanent teeth have erupted.