Phase 1 Interceptive Orthodontics are designed to help minimize the number of extractions required when treating orthodontic issues in children. Today our Surrey and Langley orthodontics team explains how Phase 1 treatment could help to transform your child's smile.
What is Phase 1 Orthodontic Treatment?
Dr. Aly Kanani and his team use interceptive orthodontics (Phase 1 Orthodontic Treatment) to treat bite and misalignment issues in young children before dental issues have an opportunity to fully develop and become more serious problems.
Starting Phase 1 Orthodontic Treatment when the child is between 7-11 years of age means that there is still a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth. This allows your child's orthodontist to take advantage of your child's ongoing dental development while correcting misalignment and bite issues. For many children, Phase 1 Interceptive Orthodontics can help to minimize or even avoid the need for extractions when correcting orthodontic issues.
Should I consider Phase 1 Orthodontic Treatment for my child?
Phase 1 Orthodontic Treatment can be used to correct misalignment and bite issues while the child's jaws are still developing, allowing treatment to address arch problems to help make room for existing teeth as well as incoming adult teeth.
Taking an early approach to orthodontics may help to prevent pre-existing issues from becoming more severe, correct existing tooth misalignment issues, and in many cases make Phase 2 treatment shorter and easier.
What does Phase 1 Orthodontic Treatment include?
Every child's smile is unique, as such there are a number of different treatments that can be used to help correct young smiles. Your child's Phase 1 Treatment might include Invisalign® First aligners, space maintainers, limited phase of braces (select teeth), specialized retainers, or expansion appliances.
How can Invisalign® First help correct my child's orthodontic issues?
In many cases, Invisalign First can help to correct orthodontic issues in kids, such as narrow dental arches, misaligned teeth, gaps and crowding.
Phase 1 Orthodontic Treatment with Invisalign First involves a set of clear plastic aligners which are removable. Removable aligners mean that there are no dietary restrictions while your child is undergoing treatment, there are no brackets or wires to cause irritation, and kids can simply remove their aligners whenever it's time to clean their teeth or eat.