A child's smile grows as they grow. Even with baby teeth, children ages 6 to 10 may be able to begin orthodontic treatment. This is referred to as Phase 1 orthodontic treatment.
What is First Phase Orthodontic Treatment?
First Phase Orthodontic Treatment is an orthodontic treatment option that is specifically designed for youngsters. For the most part, it works in the same way as conventional orthodontic treatment, but for kids, it's specifically intended to accommodate the eruption of permanent teeth when they occur in children.
It is a simple and effective approach to repairing some orthodontic abnormalities typically found in youngsters, such as arch growth and expansion, crowding or protrusions of teeth, as well as space between the teeth.
As youngsters develop into their permanent teeth, First Phase Orthodontic Treatment gently moves their teeth into their proper places. Depending on the child's age, this might reduce or eliminate the need for more invasive orthodontic treatment in the future.
Benefits for Kids
Due to the following benefits, First Phase Orthodontic Treatment might be an excellent orthodontic treatment for kids:
- It is intended to be comfortable, which means there should be no discomfort from rubbing brackets or poking wires.
- Kids can clean and floss their teeth as they have in the past.
- It is designed to treat a wide range of children's orthodontic concerns, both basic and complicated, including crowding and spacing issues, as well as small dental arches.
How does First Phase Orthodontic Treatment work?
When used in conjunction with a treatment known as dental arch expansion, First Phase Orthodontic Treatment is intended to enlarge and shape a child's jawline. Dental arch expansion is a procedure in which pressure is applied to the teeth in order to gradually widen the dental arch over time. The goal is to make enough room in the jaw for all the adult teeth to erupt properly.
Our orthodontists at Village Orthodontics - Oakville can determine whether or not your child is a candidate for First Phase Orthodontic Treatment treatment when you bring them in for their first visit.
After determining that your child is a suitable candidate for treatment, the dentist will likely begin the First Phase Orthodontic Treatment process by taking photographs, x-rays, and imprints of your child's teeth, mouth, jaws, and other facial features.
All of your child's teeth will gradually move into their new locations as a result of the treatment.