Phase 1 Interceptive Orthodontics helps reduce the number of extractions needed when treating orthodontic problems in kids. In this post, our Langley orthodontists explain how Phase 1 Orthodontic Treatment can help improve your child's smile.
Phase 1 Orthodontic Treatment
Our Langley orthodontists use interceptive orthodontics (Phase 1 Orthodontic Treatment) to help treat misalignment and bite problems in young children before dental issues have the chance to fully develop and become more serious problems.
Beginning with Phase 1 Orthodontic Treatment, when the child is between 7 and 11 years old means that there is still a combination of baby teeth and adult teeth. This lets your child's orthodontist take advantage of your child's continuing dental development while fixing misalignment and bite problems. For many children, Phase 1 Interceptive Orthodontics could help minimize or even prevent the need for extractions when correcting orthodontic issues.
Why Consider Phase 1 Orthodontic Treatment For Your Child
Phase 1 Orthodontic Treatment can be used to treat misalignment and bite problems while the child's jaws are still developing, letting treatment address arch problems and help make room for existing teeth as well as incoming adult teeth.
Taking an early approach to orthodontics could help prevent pre-existing issues from becoming more serious, correct existing tooth misalignment problems, and in many cases make Phase 2 treatment shorter and easier.
What Phase 1 Orthodontic Treatment Includes
Every child has a unique smile, therefore, there is a range of different treatments that can be used to help correct young smiles. Your child's Phase 1 Treatment could consist of Invisalign® First aligners, space maintainers, limited phase of braces (select teeth), specialized retainers, or expansion appliances.
How Invisalign First Can Help Correct Your Child's Orthodontic Condition
In many cases, Invisalign First can help to correct orthodontic issues in kids, such as narrow dental arches, misaligned teeth, gaps, and crowding.
Phase 1 Orthodontic Treatment with Invisalign First involves a set of clear plastic aligners which are removable. Removable aligners mean that there are no dietary restrictions while your child is undergoing treatment, there are no brackets or wires to cause irritation, and kids can simply remove their aligners when it's time to brush their teeth or eat.