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Phase 1 Interceptive Orthodontics

By assisting in the correction of bite and misalignment issues early in childhood, Phase 1 Interceptive Orthodontics can help to avoid the need for more intrusive procedures later in life, including extractions and fillers. Our Village Orthodontics - Oakville team explains.

Phase 1 Interceptive Treatment

Our Village Orthodontics - Oakville team provides an early phase of treatment to assist and address bite and misalignment concerns before they progress to more problematic disorders. Typically, phase 1 treatment begins when children are between the ages of 7 and 11 years old, but some can start as young as 6 years old, when there is still a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth in your child's jaw.

Phase 1 treatment can last anywhere from one to two years. As a result, for many youngsters, the need for extractions in later stages of their orthodontic treatment can be minimized or perhaps avoided altogether.

Why Phase 1 Treatment is Useful

When used to assist in preventing pre-existing abnormalities from becoming more severe, correcting existing teeth misalignments, and making treatment quicker and easier, Phase 1 orthodontics can be extremely effective. As a result, at this stage of your child's growth, the dentist or orthodontist should be able to more readily correct abnormalities and make place for both current and upcoming permanent teeth.

Oral Appliances Used During Phase 1

The recommended appliance used in the first phase of treatment will likely depend on your child's specific needs. Interceptive treatment might include things like space maintainers, braces on selective teeth, retainers, expansion appliances, or Invisalign aligners.

Interceptive Orthodontics

Pediatric orthodontic difficulties such as narrow dental arches and misaligned teeth can in some cases be corrected with the use of clear ligners. Orthodontic treatment consists of a series of sets of transparent plastic aligners that may be readily removed. They are detachable, which means that your kid might not need to give up any of the meals that they like while undergoing therapy. This simple therapy for children might even make cleaning their teeth more enjoyable and easier.


Phase 1 treatment is provided by dentists to correct bite and misalignment issues before they advance to more serious issues.

When youngsters are between the ages of 7 and 11 years old, they often begin phase 1 treatment. Though some can start as young as six.

One to two years may elapse between the start of and completion of phase 1 treatment.

With proper orthodontic treatments, many children can reduce or even eliminate the need for extractions throughout the course of their orthodontic treatments in life.

If you'd like more information about how early treatment can help better your child's smile, contact our Village Orthodontics - Oakville team today to book a consultation and ask any questions you may have. Or find a Village Orthodontics location near you.

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