Often, it’s thought braces only offer cosmetic benefits, but they are also invaluable to the health and function of a smile. It’s recommended children have their first orthodontic consultation around the age of 7. This allows us to monitor the placement of their teeth to provide early intervention with Phase 1 Orthodontics. We can quickly treat specific issues to prevent the need for more invasive or lengthy treatments as your child grows. Dr. Gasper gives your child the foundation they need for a healthy, functional smile.
Your child’s baby teeth are only in place for a few short years, but they serve important roles before they are replaced by the permanent teeth. They allow your child to learn how to chew and speak while also acting as placeholders for their adult teeth. If there are issues with their baby teeth or their newly erupted permanent ones, it can lead to several complications for your child’s dental development.
Dr. Gasper creates customized treatment plans to correct bite and alignment concerns that not only impact their oral health, but also their development. Treatments may consist of braces or other oral appliances to help resolve problems that can have lasting consequences for their smile.
Phase 1 Orthodontics is used when your child still has a few baby teeth and before they’ve finished growing. It differs from Phase 2, which focuses more on aesthetics after they’ve gotten all their permanent teeth. As a result, there is usually a period of rest between Phase 1 and 2.
Not all children need functional orthodontics in Briargate. Instead, Dr. Gasper often suggests it if they have:
In some cases, the treatments used during Phase 1 Orthodontics can completely eliminate the need for further treatment in adolescence. At the least, it significantly lessens the length of time Phase 2 Orthodontics is required.
The treatments involved in Phase 1 Orthodontics vary from person to person. After an initial consultation that may include pictures, images, X-rays, impressions, or a visual examination, Dr. Gasper may determine your child needs one or more of the following treatments:
If your child hasn’t had an orthodontic consultation yet, don’t wait. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.