The American Association of Orthodontists recommend your child see an orthodontist by age 7. Although many children will not require braces at an early age, for some an early orthodontic treatment is needed to prevent or intercept developing problems. Our observation visits are complimentary and provide you with peace of mind that your child is on the right track. If your child is in need of an early treatment, it can facilitate proper chewing, address developing social concerns and prevent dental fracture of the front teeth. An early treatment is often referred to by your orthodontist as a Phase I treatment. Learn more about common problems to look for in your child.
ABOUT TWO-PHASE ORTHODONTICS
When developing orthodontic problems require an early treatment, this will occur before all of the adult or permanent teeth have erupted. An early phase treatment should be entered with a specific goal in mind. Once the initial Phase I goal is accomplished, then Dr. Eppard will continue to see your child at regular intervals to determine whether your child would benefit from a second phase to treat all of the adult teeth.
This second round is what the orthodontist will refer to as Phase II, and is often needed to ideally align all of the adult teeth and correct your child’s bite. Certain bite problems cannot be adequately addressed until all of the permanent teeth are erupting. The timing of the Phase II treatment is just as critical as the timing of the early Phase I treatment, and will offer long-term oral health benefits to your child.