Orthodontic Treatment Options for Kids
Often times the best treatment is no treatment at all! If this is the case for your kiddo, we will continue to monitor the eruption of their teeth and ensure that everything is developing as it should.
Phase I Orthodontics
A Phase I treatment is typically recommended when a child still has some of their baby teeth and before all of their permanent teeth have erupted.
Phase I usually consists of:
- Limited Braces
- Extraction of primary (baby) teeth
- Palatal Expander
- Growth correction appliance
While it might be easy to think that misaligned baby teeth are harmless because they’ll eventually fall out, this is not always the case.
The baby teeth actually play an important role in clearing the path for the permanent teeth as well as enabling your child to eat, speak, and breathe comfortably.
Issues with the baby teeth can often lead to problems in all of these areas, and without early intervention, a child will usually need a more complex and longer treatment later to correct these issues.
The goal of a Phase I treatment is to avoid and lessen future orthodontic problems by mitigating and correcting current ones.