Early Interceptive Orthodontics: Phase I

ORTHODONTICS

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Preventative Treatment For Kids

Early Phase 1, or early interceptive treatment, is a preventative orthodontic treatment that is performed before all of the permanent teeth have erupted. Typically, Early Phase One treatment is recommended for children between the ages of 6 and 10 years old to prevent future issues that could require extensive treatment or even surgery. The goal of Phase 1 Treatment is to develop the child’s jaws to make room for the future eruption of permanent teeth and to improve the relationship of the upper and lower jaws.

An upper or lower jaw that is growing too much or not enough can benefit from this early orthodontic treatment. This early correction can often prevent dental trauma, later removal of permanent teeth or even jaw surgery. Leaving a severe condition untreated until all permanent teeth erupt could result in a problem too severe to correct with braces or Invisalign alone. The treatment time for Phase 1 treatment is usually between 9-18 months. After this, patients wear retainers and are checked every four to six months while waiting for the remaining permanent teeth to erupt. Our Plantation pediatric orthodontists are here to guide your child through the entire process.

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When is early interceptive orthodontics recommended?

We recommend Early Phase treatment when there is a moderate or severe orthodontic problem that should not wait until later to be treated. We are very cautious and do not recommend Early Phase treatment unless it will have a significant difference or outcome. In other words, early interceptive treatment is recommended only if it cannot be otherwise delayed: some orthodontic conditions are simply easier to correct when they’re corrected earlier. The most common of such conditions are bad bites, missing teeth, crowding, spacing, and ankylosed teeth.

Our Tamarac pediatric orthodontists understand the challenge of bringing your little ones in for a procedure; we go the extra mile to ensure that younger patients never feel intimidated or nervous while visiting our office. Our fun atmosphere and friendly team help pediatric patients feel more comfortable and at ease. At Smile Every Day, our expert orthodontists offer general, preventative, and cosmetic procedures to help restore oral health and confidence. Our Plantation dentist and Tamarac dentist services include a wide range of custom treatments to keep our patients smiling every day!

Girl smiling with braces

What are the goals and benefits of early interceptive treatment?

This early correction can often prevent dental trauma, later removal of permanent teeth or even jaw surgery. The treatment time for Phase 1 treatment is usually between 9 and 18 months. The best age to evaluate a child’s mouth is around 7 years old. The goal of Phase 1 Treatment is to develop the child’s jaws to make room for the future eruption of permanent teeth and to improve the relationship of the upper and lower jaws. An upper or lower jaw that is growing too much or not enough can benefit from this early orthodontic treatment. Early interceptive orthodontic treatment is often necessary to correct certain conditions that could worsen or cause damage with age. Schedule a Tamarac pediatric orthodontist or Plantation pediatric orthodontist consultation today!

Besides improving aesthetics and self-esteem, Early Interceptive Treatment has many potential benefits:

Favorably influence jaw growth

Reduce or eliminate the need to extract permanent teeth 
or to perform jaw surgery

Improve the width of the dental arches

Simplify and shorten treatment time for definitive orthodontic treatment definitive orthodontic treatment

Guide permanent teeth into more favorable positions, leaving more space for erupting teeth and avoiding the chances for malocclusions

Improve speech development and correct harmful oral habits.

Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth