G Orthodontics is proud to offer Phase I Orthodontic Treatment, a specialized early intervention approach designed to address orthodontic issues in children during their developmental years. This phase, also known as interceptive or early orthodontic treatment, typically occurs between the ages of 6 and 9 when a child’s jaw and facial structure are still actively growing. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children get a checkup with an orthodontist no later than 7 years old.

Key Aspects of Phase I Orthodontic Treatment:

Early Problem Detection:

  • Phase I treatment allows us to detect and address orthodontic issues at an early stage. By identifying concerns such as jaw discrepancies, crossbites, and overcrowding early on, we can implement timely interventions to guide proper growth and development.

Facilitation of Jaw Growth:

  • During Phase I, we leverage a child’s natural growth potential to influence the development of the jaw and dental arches. This can help prevent more severe issues in the future and create a more harmonious relationship between the upper and lower jaws.

Space Maintenance and Creation:

  • In cases where a child has lost baby teeth prematurely or has insufficient space for permanent teeth, Phase I treatment focuses on maintaining existing space or creating additional space. This ensures that adult teeth can erupt properly, reducing the likelihood of crowding and misalignment.

Correction of Habits:

  • Phase I orthodontics also addresses harmful oral habits such as thumb-sucking or tongue-thrusting. Early intervention in breaking these habits can contribute to proper oral development and prevent potential orthodontic issues.

Interception of Bite Irregularities:

  • Certain bite irregularities, such as crossbites or underbites, can be effectively intercepted during Phase I treatment. By guiding the growth of the jaw and aligning the bite early on, we aim to achieve a more stable and functional bite pattern.

Improvement of Facial Aesthetics:

  • Phase I treatment not only focuses on functional improvements but also contributes to enhanced facial aesthetics. By influencing the growth of facial structures, we can create a more balanced and pleasing appearance.

Benefits of Phase I Orthodontic Treatment:

  • Preventive Approach: Addresses issues before they become more complex.
  • Optimal Growth Utilization: Leverages the natural growth potential of the child.
  • Reduced Treatment Time: May reduce the overall duration of orthodontic treatment in later phases.
  • Enhanced Oral Function: Improves bite functionality and reduces the risk of oral health issues.

At G Orthodontics, our Phase I Orthodontic Treatment is tailored to each child’s unique needs, ensuring a comprehensive and proactive approach to their orthodontic well-being. Early intervention sets the stage for a lifetime of confident smiles and optimal oral health.