In orthodontia, a Phase I treatment, otherwise known as interceptive orthodontic treatment, refers to early orthodontics for a child usually between the ages of 6-8 whom typically have a mixture of primary (baby teeth) and permanent (adult) teeth. Phase I is the first part of treatment that is started to either correct a jaw or dental development issue or to prevent one from occurring. Not all children need a Phase I treatment. If Dr. Miller recommends a Phase I treatment, it is for the good of your child’s jaw and dental development. Develpomental issues that are treated with a Phase I treatment are underbites, overbites, cross bites, deep bites, early loss of primary teeth, slow to grow in permanent teeth, severe crowding or spacing, tongue habits, and thumb sucking. Early detection and treatment of jaw and dental development issues can have a great impact on your child’s longterm dental health. The American Orthodontic Association recommends every child have their first visit with an orthodontist by the age of 7.

Those whom do undergo a Phase I may need a Phase II at a later time. Phase II treatment begins once all of the adult teeth are in or have erupted. Not every child whom successfully completes a Phase I treatment will need a Phase II. However, those who do, will be in treatment for a significantly shorter time.

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