Updated: May 5
What is Phase One treatment?
Orthodontic Phase I treatment (interceptive orthodontic treatment) typically occurs between 7-9 years of age, during the mixed dentition phase, when patients begin to lose their baby teeth. The American Association of orthodontists recommends that all children get a check-up with an orthodontist no later than 7 years old.
What does Phase One treatment do?
The goal of Phase I treatment is to ensure enough room for permanent teeth, which reduce the risk of overcrowding, which could cause damage on adjacent permanent teeth. Phase I also provides excellent jawbone therapy which redirects undesired facial growth, such as excessive overjet (Bucked Teeth), underbite (lower front teeth cover upper front teeth). Facial growth therapy can help achieve adequate airway to reduce the risk of developing Sleep Apnea in the future.
The difference between Phase One and Phase Two orthodontics treatment
Phase One treatment concentrates on establishing a great underlining structure. Once the foundation is set up correct, Phase Two treatment is the final touch on teeth to resolve some crowding and settle the occlusion which leads to long lasting results without significant relapse.