The Importance of Phase 1 Orthodontic Treatment


Continue reading to learn more about why phase 1 orthodontic treatment is important for your little one.

What is Phase 1 Treatment?

In some cases, while the child’s teeth are still developing, it is clear that there may be developmental issues down the line. Phase 1 orthodontic treatment is done in order to intercept these issues and prevent them from happening.

In most cases, it is recommended that your child undergoes their first orthodontic evaluation around the age of 6 or 7;it is usually around this time that all of the baby teeth have erupted.

During the initial consultation, your child’s orthodontist will examine how the teeth have erupted as well as the growth and development of the jaw in order to determine if they foresee any future issues with development. If so, it is likely that the orthodontist will recommend that the child undergoes phase 1 treatment.

Below are some examples of treatment that is used during phase 1 orthodontic treatment:

Why Does My Child Need Phase 1 Treatment?

This preventative treatment is usually done in order to treat the following:

The successful completion of phase 1 treatment helps ensure that there will be no major developmental issues to correct when your child is older; it is a preventative measure that is taken to ensure that your child will not have to undergo any painful or serious dental treatment further down the line, and it has the potential to save your wallet in the process of creating better results for your child.

Of course, every case is different, and your child’s initial evaluation and consultation with their orthodontist will help determine if they are in need of phase 1 treatment. If so, the options for your child’s phase 1 treatment will be discussed with you in length.

For more information about phase 1 orthodontic treatment for your child in our San Jose dental office, give us a call anytime at (408) 227-6000. 

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