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Orthodontic Treatment for Children

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What is Early Treatment or Phase 1?

Orthodontic treatment for children is also known as interceptive orthodontics. It is commonly referred to as Early or Phase 1 treatment. Early intervention takes advantage of the fact that a child’s jaws are still growing and malleable. A children’s dentist will often refer to an orthodontist for evaluation when dental crowding or a crossbite is present. The orthodontic specialist may wish to widen the dental arch to make room for adult teeth or correct a crossbite. The probability of dental impaction increases when there isn’t enough room for the adult teeth to emerge. Permanent teeth erupt into better positions when they have sufficient room to come in. Palatal expansion with or without a traditional palatal expander can be used to create the additional space needed.

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Recommended Only In Specific Cases

Orthodontic treatment can be useful if the dental arches and jaws aren’t in the correct position. Two conditions that also require early intervention are crossbites, where teeth on one side of your mouth push against those on opposite sides to cause an uneven jawline; or when front teeth stick out too much from a person’s gums which may fracture or get chipped after accidents like falling down. Functional appliances might help fix these problems as well.


Why Do Early treatment?

Early orthodontic treatment can not only offer a significant improvement in the appearance of your smile, it will also give Dr. Pesh time to guide jaw growth and reduce need for extraction. All while lowering the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth and correcting harmful oral habits which may lead to improved speech patterns or avoid dental damage during childhood years. Early intervention can even help prevent removals later on down the road by moving permanent teeth into favorable positions that improve how lips meet so you won’t have any difficulty with chewing food as an adult!
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Signs The Bite’s Not Right

It’s not easy to determine whether one needs early orthodontic treatment. Early or late loss of baby teeth, difficulty in chewing or biting, breathing through the mouth and thumb-sucking are all signs that indicate a need for dental care! Crowded, misplaced or blocked-out teeth; jaws that are too far forward or back may require an evaluation by your dentist as well. An evaluation maybe needed when upper and lower teeth don’t meet together normally – either because they’re unbalanced (too much or not enough space). It’s important to have someone take a look at those spaces carefully with X-rays so you know what direction should come first during any necessary procedure such as braces placement .

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