Phase I Treatment
Phase I treatment, also known as early interceptive treatment, takes place prior to the eruption of all permanent teeth. This form of treatment may include the use of growth appliances, expanders, or even partial or limited braces. Phase I treatment typically occurs between the ages of 7 and 11. Depending on your child’s situation, this treatment may last between 10 and 14 months. The most common reason for this form of treatment is to create more space for teeth as they develop when early signs of serious crowding becomes noticeable. In some instances, early interceptive treatment may be used to correct crossbites, premature loss of baby teeth, severe overbites and underbites, harmful oral habits, or tooth eruption abnormalities.
Any issues in which the jaws need to be widened, dental arches still need to be developed, or it is necessary to modify or stimulate jaw growth would begin prior to the eruption of all permanent teeth. With the use of Phase I Treatment, we are able to establish a solid foundation for the eruption of permanent teeth while correcting jaw and growth problems that might otherwise necessitate permanent tooth extractions, jaw surgery at a later time, or extensive/complex orthodontic treatment. At the conclusion of the first phase of treatment, permanent teeth are not yet in their final positions. This will be determined through the use of Phase II Treatment.