Does My Child Need Phase 1 Orthodontics?

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What Is Phase 1 Orthodontics?

It is generally recommended that children have their first orthodontic evaluation around the age of 6 or 7. It is by this age that all of the baby teeth have typically erupted, and the development of the adult teeth in the jaw can now be examined. This examination is done to check the development of the teeth and jaw to get an idea of how they will progress.

In the case that the dentist finds evidence that there may be crowding or misalignment in the future, he or she will likely recommend your child for phase 1 orthodontic treatment. 

This simply means that a proactive approach is being recommended in order to prevent the issues from progressing and helping with an ideal outcome. . Phase 1 treatment is also done to help your child avoid extensive treatment as they enter their pre-teen and teenage years.

Phase 1 Orthodontic Treatment Methods

Some methods used to complete phase 1 orthodontic treatment include:

 

The treatment that is used during phase 1 treatment will be dependent upon your child’s orthodontic development, as well as the discretion of your child’s orthodontist.

Does My Child Need Phase 1 Orthodontic Treatment?

Some parents may wonder if orthodontic treatment can be held off until their child is older. While of course, it is understandable that you may want to hold off, it is important to keep in mind that the sooner orthodontic intervention is taken against developmental issues, the better. In some cases, it may help your child avoid  extensive orthodontic treatment in their vulnerable pre-teen or teenage years altogether.

Phase 1 treatment can successfully help prevent or correct the following:

Phase 1 treatment methods and outcomes vary from patient to patient. To get a better idea of what to expect during your child’s treatment, it is always recommended to have your child undergo a consultation and speak with your child’s orthodontist.

Willow Glen Dental Specialists: Best Orthodontics in San Jose

Here at Willow Glen Dental Specialists, we are proud to offer comprehensive orthodontics services in San Jose, California.

We will conduct a thorough examination to help you determine if your child is in need of phase 1 orthodontic treatment. If so, we will help you develop a treatment plan that best works for you and your child.

To learn more about orthodontics or to get scheduled for a consultation in our San Jose dental office, give us a call anytime at 408-478-9081.

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