In recent years, treating tooth alignment and bite issues in two phases has become increasingly popular. Phase one, also known as interceptive orthodontics, begins treatment early on when permanent teeth are still emerging. In the past, an orthodontist would typically wait until all or almost all of a patient’s baby teeth had fallen out to begin treating crooked and gapped teeth or correcting bite issues. Breaking treatment into two phases is beneficial for many reasons. Following is helpful information on early orthodontic treatment.
What is the purpose of interceptive orthodontics?
The purpose of early treatment is to take advantage of a child’s developing mouth. During childhood, the jawbones and palate are still developing. This means that room can be created in the mouth to add space between teeth. Interceptive treatment is beneficial for patients who are experiencing crowding among their teeth and for those who lack room for emerging adult teeth.
When it comes to phase one treatment, our orthodontist may utilize oral appliances such as palatal expanders or traditional braces along with the removal of baby teeth, if necessary. Interceptive treatment prepares the mouth and existing teeth for the emergence of adult teeth so that patients are less likely to develop problems that are more difficult to treat in the future.
Phase one treatment can reduce costs in the future as well as prevent the need for more invasive oral health procedures. Early treatment can also make later orthodontic treatment much more efficient.
What age is early treatment provided?
Phase one orthodontic treatment occurs between the ages of seven and ten. Timing this treatment is determined on a child’s unique situation and the pace at which adult teeth are emerging.
How do I know if my child needs treatment broken into phases?
The only way to be certain if your child requires treatment broken into phases is to consult with a dental health professional. At your appointment, our orthodontist will take diagnostic images like X-rays and perform a physical examination to evaluate the alignment of existing and emerging teeth. If our team finds it necessary, we will recommend treatment broken into phases.
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