Early Interceptive Orthodontics: Phase 1

Early Interceptive Orthodontics: Phase 1

Preventative Treatment For Kids

Tamarac Pediatric Orthodontist

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 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.

When is Early Interceptive Treatment recommended?
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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 he can make a significant difference in the patient’s outcome by doing it.

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.

What are the goals and benefits of Early Interceptive Treatment?
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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.

Besides improving esthetics and self-esteem, the potential benefits of Early Interceptive Treatment are numerous:
  • Favorably influence jaw growth
  • Improve the width of the dental arches
  • Guide permanent teeth into more favorable positions, leaving more space for erupting teeth and avoiding the chances for malocclusions
  • Reduce or eliminate the need to extract permanent teeth or to perform jaw surgery
  • Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
  • Simplify and shorten treatment time for definitive orthodontic treatment definitive orthodontic treatment
  • Improve speech development and correct harmful oral habits.
Phase One Interceptive Orthodontics

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