At Smile Town in Langley our children's dentists can use Phase 1 Interceptive Orthodontics to begin correcting orthodontic issues early, in order to take advantage of a child's ongoing dental development and help to prevent issues from becoming more severe.
Phase 1 ('Interceptive') Orthodontic Treatment
Our children's dentists at SmileTown Langley, can use interceptive orthodontics to diagnosis and treat orthodontic issues before they have an opportunity to fully develop and become more complex.
Interceptive orthodontics allows our dentists to take advantage of the child's ongoing dental development by treating kids between 7-11 years of age, before all the adult teeth have grown in.
This approach to orthodontic treatment begins while there is still a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth, and can help to minimize the number of extractions required to correct orthodontic issues.
Goals of Phase 1 Interceptive 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 and can make Phase 2 treatment easier and shorter in many cases.
Assessing the Need for Interceptive Orthodontic Treatment
At SmileTown Langley, our 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 Interceptive orthodontic treatment, our team of dental professionals will walk you through all the options, and explain the impact each treatment process will have on the development of your child's smile.
Phase 1 Orthodontic Treatment Options
In order to help guide the child's teeth into their proper positions as they are growing in, interceptive braces and oral appliances can be used. New Invisalign® First is also available for Phase 1 Interceptive treatment. When you visit our office, the dentist will evaluate your child's needs and recommend the orthodontic treatment that is best for your child's smile.