By assisting in the correction of bite and misalignment issues early in childhood, Invisalign and Phase 1 Interceptive Orthodontics can help to avoid the need for more intrusive procedures later in life, including extractions and fillers.
Phase 1 Interceptive Treatment
Our Halifax dentists provide early intervention to assist and address bite and misalignment concerns before they progress to more serious disorders. Typically, phase 1 treatment begins between the ages of 7 and 11 years old, when your child's jaw still has a mix of baby and adult teeth.
The duration of Phase 1 treatment can range from one to two years. As a result, for many children, the need for extractions in later stages of orthodontic treatment can be reduced or avoided entirely.
Why Phase 1 Treatment is Useful
Phase 1 orthodontics can be extremely effective when used to help prevent pre-existing abnormalities from becoming more severe, correct existing tooth misalignments, and make treatment quicker and easier. As a result, the dentist or orthodontist will be able to more easily correct abnormalities and make room for both current and upcoming permanent teeth at this stage of your child's development.
Oral Appliances Used During Phase 1
The appliance recommended for use in the first phase of treatment will most likely be determined by your child's specific needs. Interceptive treatment may include space maintainers, braces on specific teeth, retainers, expansion appliances, or the first set of Invisalign aligners.
Invisalign & Interceptive Orthodontics
In some cases, pediatric orthodontic issues such as narrow dental arches and misaligned teeth can be corrected using Invisalign First aligners. An Invisalign First orthodontic treatment consists of a series of removable transparent plastic aligners. Because they are detachable, your child may not have to give up any of their favourite foods while undergoing therapy. This simple therapy for children may even make tooth brushing more enjoyable and easier.
Phase 1 treatment is provided by dentists to correct bite and misalignment issues before they advance to more serious issues.
When youngsters are between the ages of 7 and 11 years old, they often begin phase 1 treatment.
One to two years may elapse between the start of and completion of phase 1 treatment.
With proper orthodontic treatments, many children can reduce or even eliminate the need for extractions throughout their orthodontic treatments in life.