Phase One: Orthodontics For Children

As parents, we all know that handling something sooner will usually save you from a more serious problem later, or save you from a problem at all. Phase One orthodontics for your child is all about performing interceptive orthodontics to your child’s mixed dentition (both baby and permanent teeth).

The technical details of Phase One orthodontics…

Phase One is considered an early interceptive treatment that orthodontists perform on your child’s mixed dentition, before all of your child’s permanent teeth erupt. The age range for Phase One is usually between ages of six and ten, but can happen earlier or later depending on your child’s unique situation.

What are the goals of Phase One?

The goal of phase one is to control or to offer a better prognosis to how your child’s permanent teeth will develop. By controlling how your child’s teeth grow, we alleviate future, more invasive dental corrections such as on open bite, a cross bite or a deep bite. It has also been documented that children that grow into adulthood with a healthy smile, experience higher rates of self-esteem than children that do not.

Phase One: Before & After Photos

Phase Two: Orthodontics for Teens & Adults

Phase Two is geared towards your permanent teeth. The goal of Phase Two is to ensure that your permanent teeth are positioned to maximize their appearance and functionality. Most of the time, children who start Phase One treatment will also have to undergo Phase Two to ensure the permanent teeth continue growing in harmony with the lips, cheeks, and of course other teeth.

Can a child skip Phase One, and just wait for Phase Two?

This is actually a very common question. Take two children, Sean and Corey, with the same prognosis. Sean decides to undergo Phase One, and Corey decides to wait until Phase Two. 99.5% of the time, Sean, the child who decided to start Phase One, will be able to remedy much of their dental imbalances, and achieve a more harmonious smile by the end of Phase Two.

Corey on the other hand, the child who did not start Phase One, will have a lot more corrective work to get the same results (at best), or close to Sean’s results (at worst). Problems that do not get corrected early on, often turn into major problems as we mature. Clinically, we recommend Phase One as soon as a pediatric dentists or orthodontists diagnosis it necessary.

Phase Two Photos (What to Look For)
Spacing
Crowding
Deep Bite
Underbite
Open Bite
Posterior Crossbite