The first phase of orthodontic treatment is referred to as "phase 1 orthodontics." The purpose of phase 1 orthodontics is to address early orthodontic issues, disturbances in jaw growth or tooth development, misaligned teeth, etc. Phase 1 orthodontics also focuses on correcting overcrowded teeth, spacing issues, and significant overbites.
When Are Phase 1 Orthodontics Needed?
According to the American Association of Orthodontists, 5-7 years of age is a good time to have your child evaluated for orthodontic treatment. If your child has a crossbite, crowding, or protruding teeth, our orthodontist may recommend early intervention. Early treatment now may help reduce problems in the future and may make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated.
How Does Phase 1 Orthodontics Work?
Orthodontic treatment typically consists of two phases. The first phase of orthodontic treatment aims to correct bite problems by addressing the structure of the jaw, enhancing the growth of the child's jaw, and creating space for permanent teeth.
This phase typically takes nine to 12 months to complete as per the individual condition of each patient. During phase 1 orthodontics, here are the orthodontic devices that are used to align your child's teeth:
- Space maintainers
- Functional appliances
- Braces on selected teeth if needed
- Specialized retainers
- Expansion appliances
Who Are The Candidates For The Phase 1 Orthodontic Movement?
As per the American Academy of Orthodontics, every child should ideally get their orthodontic checkup done before the age of seven. Phase 1 orthodontics is considered the beginning of one's orthodontic journey. Our team at To Probanz Orthodontics Smile More will determine if this type of treatment is a good fit for your child by performing a full exam of their teeth, jaws, and bite.
Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatment for Children
When orthodontic issues are caught and treated early — during Phase 1 treatment — it will reduce the chance that your child will need further treatment in the future. This is because early orthodontic treatments correct the teeth and jaw positions before they become severe and more difficult to treat.
Early orthodontic treatment for younger patients can:
- Guide jaw development, which may reduce the need for later orthodontic treatment.
- Correct alignment issues.
- Prevent oral habits, such as teeth grinding and thumb sucking, that could cause future alignment issues.
- Prevent the need for tooth removal in the future.
- Help correct the bite.
- Improve the smile's appearance.
- Improve oral hygiene.
- Reduce the possibility of impacted permanent teeth.
- Maintain space for erupting permanent teeth.
To find out more about the dental services offered at Pobanz Orthodontics, call (801)-627-0500 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 1508 Skyline Dr Ste 200 South Ogden, UT 84405 or 2717 N Hwy 89, Ste. 300, Pleasant View, Utah 84404.