Phase 1 Orthodontic Treatment Explained

Phase 1 Orthodontic Treatment Explained

Our Burnaby children's dentists explain how phased interceptive orthodontics allows orthodontic treatment to begin early, in order to take advantage of the child's ongoing oral development. 


Phase 1 ('Interceptive') Orthodontic Treatment

At SmileTown Burnaby, our children's dentists use interceptive orthodontics to diagnosis and treat orthodontic issues before they have an opportunity to fully develop and become more complex.

Phase 1 orthodontics allows dentists to take advantage of the child's ongoing dental development by treating children between 7-11 years of age, before all the adult teeth have grown in.

Interceptive orthodontics starts while there is still a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth, and can help to minimize the number of extractions required when treating orthodontic issues. 

Goals of Phase 1 Treatment

Interceptive orthodontic treatment is used to help make room for the child's existing teeth as well as the incoming adult teeth.

Phase 1 Interceptive Treatment:

  • Helps to prevent pre-existing bite issues from becoming more severe
  • Allows dentists to address existing tooth misalignment issues
  • Can make Phase 2 treatment easier and shorter

Assessing the Need for Interceptive Orthodontic Treatment

Our SmileTown dentists will do a thorough evaluation of your child's dental health to help determine whether your child could benefit from interceptive orthodontic treatment. If your child is a good candidate for Phase 1 orthodontic treatment, our team of dental professionals will walk you through all the options, and explain the impact they'll have on the development of your child's smile.

Phase 1 Orthodontic Treatment Options

To help guide children's teeth into their proper positions as they grow in, interceptive braces and oral appliances can be used. New Invisalign® First is also available for Phase 1 Interceptive treatment. Your child's dentist will evaluate your child's needs and recommend the orthodontic treatment that is best for your child's smile.

If you're concerned about your child's dental health, contact our Burnaby children's dentist today, to book a consultation for your son or daughter.

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