Are Phase I Braces Necessary? – Louis F. Mascola, DDS – Orthodontic Services
Phase I braces are designed to help children prevent poor jaw development and future occlusal issues. Between the ages of seven to eleven, children begin growing into their adult dentition. However, poor bite alignment can be caused by poor jaw development, leading to a number of dental and health consequences. Serious occlusal issues can negatively impact their self-confidence and their oral hygiene. Phase I treatment can correct many dental issues and help children achieve better looking, healthier teeth early on.
What Phase I can do for Your Child
At age seven, children should have their front teeth growing in. A comprehensive orthodontic examination at this age is crucial to projecting your child’s long-term dental development, during which X-rays and expert advice can guide a parent’s decision. Phase I treatment is recommended for early issues such as crossbite, overbite, crooked teeth, and inadequate jaw space.
These skeletal growth issues can impact your child’s future oral health. Without the space to grow, new teeth are forced into crowded positions, creating a jagged smile and making it difficult to properly care for the smile.
Phase I braces can prevent these issues from growing serious as your child ages. The appliance itself functions as traditional braces do, but are affixed to the permanent teeth only. To comprehensively approach the treatment, your orthodontist may also combine these braces with other appliances, including a spacer or retainer.
After receiving Phase I treatment, some children never need braces again. For those that do, Phase I makes further treatment more efficient and decreases the severity of orthodontic problems throughout their middle school years.
The first step to ensuring your child’s lasting oral health is an orthodontic examination, which will help you understand their orthodontic needs.
Counter-Arguments to Phase I Treatment
It’s too Expensive – When compared to the cost of future treatments, Phase I can actually be a worthwhile investment. It all depends on how much care your child needs.
Can’t I just wait until they’re older? – At a certain age, orthodontic treatment becomes more difficult. The jaw bone becomes less adjustable, resulting in longer treatments.
Contact Us for Orthodontic Solutions
For more questions about Phase I braces, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Louis F. Mascola delivers gentle, personalized solutions for your child’s orthodontic needs. Call our practice today!