Updated: Mar 14
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 recommend that all children get a check-up with an orthodontist no later than 7 years old.
What does Phase One do?
The goal of Phase One treatment is to ensure enough room for permanent teeth, which reduce the risk of overcrowding, which could cause damage on adjacent permanent teeth. Phase One treatment also provides excellent Jawbone Therapy which redirects undesired facial growth, such as excessive overjet (Bucked Teeth), underbite (lower front teeth cover upper front teeth). Phase One treatment can help achieve adequate airway to reduce the risk of developing Sleep Apnea in the future.
Why is Phase One treatment important?
Phase One focuses on the foundation of our teeth, facial bone. Pre-teen is the best age to redirect undesired facial growth because the maturation and density of bone at this age allow us to modify. Our teeth grow from our jawbone which is the underling structure. Setting the foundation/underlining structure in a correct format is the only way to help your children gain stable facial aesthetics. Furthermore, upper and lower jaw bones are connected with adjacent facial bone structure. That's the reason why a good orthodontics treatment not only straighten the teeth, but also accelerate most desired facial growth.
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.
Why choose Dr. Grace to provide Phase One treatment?
Dr. Grace had an extensive training on Human Facial Growth at CWRU (Case Western Reserve University). She also serves as a faculty member at Bolton-Brush Growth Study Center at CWRU which is one the most prestigious Human Facial Growth centers in the whole world. The extensive training provides Dr. Grace a unique background of providing an excellent Phase one treatment. When to intervene and how to intervene is all from evidence-based research and clinical application in the past almost 100 years at Bolton-Brush Growth Center.
This young gentle man had Phase One treatment at Grace's Brace. Dr. Grace applied functional appliances to redirect his facial growth. After 1.5 years treatment, the bucked teeth went away. He presented with his most stunning smile. Please see his before and after photos