What is Phase 1 Orthodontics?
Because a healthy smile leads to overall wellness, it’s important to make a habit of taking your child to the dentist at a very young age. Aside from general dental care, it’s also important that your child has an orthodontic appointment by the age of seven. While your child may not have a serious need for braces, getting a check-up at this age will help determine if your child does need orthodontic work in the future, as well as help correct any other issues early on. This early orthodontic work is also known as Phase 1 Orthodontics and can help lead to easier orthodontic work and a healthy smile in the future.
Phase 1 Orthodontics or interceptive orthodontics describes the treatment your child receives around the age of eight or nine, while there are still baby teeth present. During Phase 1, jaw growth and alignment is supported and more space is created to allow for erupting teeth to come through. This is sometimes done with spacers, which are bands placed in the mouth to prevent any overcrowding. This helps prevent having teeth to be pulled to make room in the mouth. If the teeth are too crowded, this can cause occasional or frequent headaches, tooth pain, and can lead to tooth decay.
Correcting jaw alignment at an early age can prevent things like jaw surgery that may need to be done to make sure that the jaw and teeth are properly aligned. This also helps with correcting bite issues such as an overbite or underbite and can also help with the symmetry of the face. Because the jaw bones are fully fused by around the age of eight, this early evaluation by an orthodontist is essential. If not corrected, overbites and underbites, also called malocclusions, can lead to jaw pain, tooth decay, headaches and Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction, which inhibits the movement of the lower jaw.
There are several benefits of receiving Phase 1 ortho, which include decreasing the amount of time that your child has to wear braces, among others. If these early steps are completed when the permanent teeth haven’t fully come in yet, getting orthodontic treatment such as braces will be a much easier process. When the teeth are essentially prepped during Phase 1, this can decrease the time that your child will need to wear braces and other orthodontic treatment can be less invasive and less expensive, saving you time and money.
Phase 1 orthodontics will give your child an easier and faster process to a more beautiful smile. When it comes to your child’s smile, it’s best to plan ahead.
At Case Orthodontics, we offer Phase 1 Orthodontics so your child can receive early interceptive treatment. We additionally offer Phase 2 Orthodontics for your child between the ages of 11 and 15. Because tooth alignment can change at any age, we also offer orthodontic treatment for adults. Schedule an appointment at our Charlotte, North Carolina office for an evaluation and start on your child on their path to a straighter and healthier smile!