Phased interceptive orthodontics allows dentists to begin orthodontic treatment early in order to take advantage of your child's ongoing oral development. Our Delta children's dentists explain how Phase 1 treatment benefits young smiles.
What is Phase 1 ('Interceptive') Orthodontic Treatment?
Our childrens' dentists use interceptive orthodontics to diagnosis and treat orthodontic issues before they have an opportunity to fully develop and become more serious.
By treating young children between 7-11 years of age, dentists take advantage of the child's ongoing dental development.
Phase 1 Interceptive orthodontics begins while there is still a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth. This approach can help to minimize the number of extractions required when treating orthodontic issues.
What are the goals of Phase 1 treatment?
Phase 1 treatment is used to treat young mouths, helping to make room for existing teeth as well as the child's incoming adult teeth.
Interceptive Orthodontics can:
- prevent pre-existing bite issues from getting worse
- help to fix existing tooth misalignment issues
- help make Phase 2 treatment easier and shorter
Would my child benefit from Interceptive Orthodontic Treatment?
Our Smile Town North Delta dentists will do an early evaluation to help determine if your child is a candidate for interceptive orthodontic treatment, before recommending any particular course of action. If your child is a good candidate for this treatment, our team of dental professionals will walk you through all the options, and explain the impact they'll have on the development of your child's smile.
What treatment options are available for Phase 1 orthodontic treatment?
Interceptive braces and oral appliances can help guide children's teeth into their proper positions as they grow in. New Invisalign® First is also available for Phase 1 Interceptive treatment. Your child's dentist will recommend the orthodontic treatment that is best for your child's smile.