Orthodontic treatment is one of the most common treatments we perform for children. Early orthodontic treatment is recommended when extensive treatment is needed. This is treatment that must be done prior to traditional braces and is used to solve problems that can’t be delayed.
What is early orthodontic treatment?
Early orthodontic treatment is typically performed on patients between the ages of 6 and 10. The goal of phase 1 is to train and develop a child’s jaws. This will make room for permanent teeth and improve the bite of upper and lower jaws.
Throughout treatment, your child’s mouth changes shape and has improved alignment, bite, and spacing. All of this leads to better oral health in the long run, as well as increased self-esteem for your child.
How long does phase 1 take?
Treatment typically takes between 9 and 18 months. The length of treatment will depend heavily on the condition of a child’s mouth and what is needed to create an optimal environment for their adult teeth to grow into. This treatment must be done before permanent teeth start to make an appearance. The earlier, the better.
What are the benefits of phase 1 treatment?
Phase 1 is used to treat a wide variety of orthodontic issues. It can help to improve speech development, change the position of first molars, decrease the probability of protruding teeth being damaged, eliminating or reducing the need for extractions, and widening your palate.
How your child’s mouth benefits depend heavily on what the doctor has diagnosed them with, what their needs are, and when treatment can begin. When started early, phase 1 can help to eliminate the need for headgear and decrease the number of rubber bands used in braces.
At Happy Braces, we are committed to serving your child’s needs to the best of our abilities. Contact us to schedule an appointment and learn how phase 1 treatment might be what your child needs to get on a road toward great oral health.