As a child grows, their smile grows with them. And even with baby teeth, it may be the perfect time for children ages 6 to 10 to start orthodontic treatment. This is known as Phase 1 developmental treatment.
At this stage, doctors can see issues that may need early treatment to address a developing problem.
*Retainers are recommended in between phases while waiting for the permanent teeth to grow in and after Phase 2 is completed to help retain the corrections made.
The goal of Phase 1 developmental treatment is to develop young jaws and/or arches to make room for existing teeth and for incoming permanent teeth.
- Can prevent pre-existing bite issues from getting worse
- Can fix existing teeth straightening conditions
- Can improve the appearance of a growing child’s smile
- Can correct oral habits such as thumb sucking or tongue thrusting
- Can make Phase 2 completion treatment shorter and easier