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Phase 1 Orthodontic Treatment for Children

Posted in Orthodontics

Early interceptive orthodontics for children can help to minimize the number of extractions required when treating orthodontic issues in later years. Our BC and Alberta  dentists explain how Invisalign First for Phase 1 orthodontic treatment could help transform your child's smile.

What is Phase 1 Orthodontic Treatment?

Early orthodontic treatment (also known as interceptive orthodontics) is used to diagnose and cure misaligned teeth and other orthodontic abnormalities in children as young as seven to eleven years of age.

As long as your child's baby teeth are mixed with their adult teeth, our BC and Alberta dentists may take advantage of their continued growth and dental development while treating orthodontic disorders, allowing them to achieve the best possible results.

If orthodontic treatment is initiated early, it has the potential to shorten treatment duration and eliminate the need for tooth extractions in the future years.

What types of issues are treated with Phase 1 treatment? 

Phase 1 orthodontics can correct several types of issues with early interceptive orthodontics, including: 

  • Misaligned teeth growing out of position
  • Expansion of the upper jaw to eliminate a crossbite
  • A misshapen jawbone (which is still soft and pliable at early ages)
  • Protruding front teeth
  • Expansion of one or both jaws to create space for overly crowded teeth

What are the goals of phase 1 treatment?

While the child's jaws are still developing, Phase 1 treatment can be used to correct misalignment and bite difficulties, as well as to make room for both the current teeth and the new teeth that will be coming in.

Examples of outcomes that can be obtained by early interceptive orthodontics include the following: :

  • Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  • Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth 
  • Reducing treatment time
  • Creating facial symmetry by influencing jaw growth
  • Preserving space for teeth that have not yet erupted

It is possible that using this early orthodontic method will assist to improve the look of a developing child's smile while also making Phase 2 treatment easier and shorter.

What is Phase 1 treatment like with Invisalign?

Designed to correct children's teeth as they grow, Invisalign First aligners are custom-made, transparent, and removable orthodontic equipment that are worn over the teeth. It is possible to fix orthodontic difficulties such as misaligned teeth, crowding, gaps, and narrow dental arches by using Invisalign First aligners to guide your child's teeth into their proper place.

With Invisalign First aligners, your youngster can brush and floss their teeth on a regular basis and without interruption to their daily routine because the clear aligners are removable, which may make oral hygiene more convenient. They should also be comfortable because transparent aligners are custom-made to suit your child's mouth. 

Our dentists in BC and Alberta can assess your child's individual condition and establish a customized treatment plan to promote the proper development of their teeth, jaw, and facial structure.

Curious about Invisalign First aligners and your child's smile? Contact our BC and Alberta team. We're happy to answer any questions you have and to book a consultation.

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