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Phase 1 Pediatric Orthodontics – Tucker, GA

The Foundation of a Dazzling, Healthy Smile

Most children who receive braces do so between the ages of 10 and 14, around the time when most of their permanent teeth have erupted and the jaw is mostly stable. However, at Duo Orthodontics, we actually recommend that you bring your little one in for their first orthodontic appointment around the age of 7 or 8. By scheduling a visit so early on, give us the chance to identify potential growth or development issues that are best managed early in life, and when needed, consider Phase 1 pediatric orthodontics from our Tucker, GA orthodontist to treat them and prevent others.

Child smiling during Phase 1 pediatric orthodontics treatment

Why Choose Duo Ortho for
Phase 1 Pediatric Orthodontics?

Why is Phase 1 Treatment Needed? 

Young boy smiling during Phase 1 treatment visit

Phase 1 orthodontics usually focuses on preventing overcrowding, misalignment, bite problems, and other common orthodontic issues from developing in the first place. Addressing these problems early reduces the need for more complex orthodontic treatments later. We can also use Phase 1 pediatric orthodontics from our Marietta dentist to make sure that there’s enough room for permanent teeth to erupt in the future, and we can observe the growth patterns of your child’s jaw in order to better prepare for future intervention.

What Sort of Treatments Make Up This Plan?

Young girl with Phase 1 pediatric orthodontics pointing to his smile

A Phase 1 treatment plan usually lasts between 9 and 12 months. It might involve wearing braces, but the treatment time will obviously be much shorter compared to traditional orthodontics. Depending on the adjustments needed, headgear or another type of orthodontic appliance might be used. Specialized retainers and space maintainers might be employed as well, but we can only give you a more specific plan after a thorough examination and consideration of your child’s circumstances.

Typical Phase 1 Treatment Goals

Two young patients smiling during phase 1 pediatric orthodontic treatment

Can a Child Avoid Phase 2 Treatment? 

Young girl pointing to smile during phase 2 treatment visit

Generally speaking, Phase 1 orthodontics won’t prevent the need for Phase 2 care (which normally consists of traditional braces and similar services). Phase 1 orthodontics can go a long way towards improving the way the mouth develops, but it still only addresses immediate problems. As such, traditional orthodontic solutions may still be needed once the permanent teeth erupt. What should be noted, however, is that this two-phase approach might take less time in some cases compared to waiting for the permanent teeth to erupt before adjusting them.

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