Orthodontic treatment is about so much more than creating beautiful smiles; it’s also about preventing oral health issues from arising and creating a better bite. That’s why parents are encouraged to bring their little one in for their first consultation around their 7th birthday. At this point, some of their permanent teeth have begun to make an appearance, allowing Dr. Fitzgerald to effectively monitor their development and determine if she needs to intervene with Phase 1 Orthodontics. If you’d like to learn more about this treatment, you can read on or reach out to our team to schedule an appointment!
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Tailored specifically to children who have a mix of primary and permanent teeth, Phase 1 Orthodontic Treatment can include everything from an expander and space maintainer to specialized braces. Typically, the length of treatment is around 10 to 14 months. However, the exact time will ultimately depend on a few factors, including the orthodontic issues we need to address as well as how severe they are. Across the board, the goal is to help prevent issues from developing that could negatively impact your child’s confidence, oral health, and bite.
Although not every child needs Phase 1 Orthodontics, others would significantly benefit from this treatment. That’s why it’s so important to bring your child in for a consultation! During this visit, our Marana dental team can determine if they have:
If your child has difficulty speaking clearly, consistently breathes through their mouth, or has trouble chewing, then they may also be candidates for Phase 1 Orthodontics.
One of the most noteworthy benefits of Phase 1 Orthodontics is that it allows us to intervene while your child’s mouth is still developing. Not only will this help us prevent certain issues from arising altogether, but there’s a good chance that if your child needs braces in the future, their treatment timeline will be significantly shorter. Plus, it’s easier to make changes to a patient’s teeth and jaws while they are growing!
If your child is around the age of seven and you think they would benefit from Phase 1 Orthodontic Treatment, then don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with us!