What is Phase 1 Orthodontic Treatment?

Curious about Phase 1 orthodontics for your little one? Westfall Orthodontics can help! We have three convenient locations in Abingdon, Richlands, and Bristol to accommodate interceptive (or Phase 1) treatment. Dr. Westfall focuses on innovative treatments and a compassionate approach for you and your family. Here’s (almost) everything you could ever want to know about Phase 1 treatments.

What is Phase 1 Orthodontic Treatment? 

Phase 1 orthodontic treatment is also known as early interceptive orthodontic treatment. Dr. Westfall uses it as a practical approach to address children’s dental and jaw development issues. Our team typically recommends Phase 1 for kids between 7 and 10. No one wants to make a mountain out of a molehill, right? That’s what Phase 1 orthodontic treatment is for. It targets problems that, if left untreated, could develop into more difficult issues later. 

The primary goals of Phase 1 treatment include:

  • Guiding jaw growth.
  • Enhancing the relationship between the upper and lower jaws.
  • Creating a more favorable environment for the eruption of permanent teeth.

Who Benefits from Phase 1 Treatment?

By intervening early, we can correct conditions such as:

  • Crossbites 
  • Significant overcrowding or spacing
  • Jaw growth discrepancies
  • Habits that may affect dental development (like thumb-sucking) 

Addressing these issues early on sets your child up for a foundation of great smiles! Moreover, a well-aligned bite minimizes your kids’ risk of extractions, surgery, and more invasive treatments later in life. If necessary, phase 1 Treatment also sets the stage for Phase 2 Treatment to fine-tune the alignment of grown-up teeth.

Why Consider Phase 1 Treatment?

Phase 1 orthodontic treatment from Westfall Orthodontics is a proactive step toward safeguarding your child’s health and appearance. Here are a few reasons you should think about early interceptive treatment. 

Early Intervention: A Proactive Approach

One of the main advantages of Phase 1 treatment is early intervention. Dr. Westfall can identify and address orthodontic issues for your kids. Starting early allows the doctor to help develop the jaw and dental arches. This proactive approach can significantly reduce the complexity of potential future treatments and, in some cases, eliminate the need for them entirely.

Preventing More Complex Issues

Phase 1 treatment helps prevent simple orthodontic worries from becoming worse over time. Dr. Westfall corrects jaw growth discrepancies early. And he guides the eruption of permanent teeth. Now, the doctor can reduce your child’s risk of impacted teeth and tooth extractions. Better still, we can stop the development of jaw and face asymmetries. Early treatment can also address harmful oral habits that might affect the development of the teeth and jaws. Like what? Thumb sucking and tongue thrusting.

Setting the Stage for a Healthy Smile

Ultimately, Phase 1 treatment sets the stage for a healthier smile. It lays the groundwork for proper jaw alignment and spacing. When your child’s teeth and jaw are properly aligned, their adult teeth can erupt. Benefits include facial harmony and balance. Plus, Phase 1 contributes to better oral health. You’ll find it easier to clean teeth and maintain gum health. 

What is Phase 1 Orthodontic Treatment?

What to Expect During Phase 1 Treatment

Phase 1 treatment with Westfall Orthodontics marks the start of something special for your child’s smile. Our team, led by Dr. Westfall, wants to help your little one unveil a smile from which the world won’t look away. 

Initial Consultation

Your child’s orthodontic journey begins with a comprehensive evaluation. Utilizing the latest dental technology, Dr. Westfall assesses your child’s oral health, jaw alignment, and tooth development to tailor a personalized treatment plan.

Customized Treatment Plan

Depending on your child’s needs, Phase 1 treatment may include expanders to widen their jaw. Or partial braces to correct alignment. We might also use space maintainers to help properly space their permanent teeth. Each appliance is chosen with your child’s comfort and the treatment’s effectiveness.

Support and Guidance

Our team provides continuous support and guidance throughout the treatment. We’re here to answer questions, offer advice on the care and maintenance of orthodontic appliances, and ensure your child’s treatment progresses smoothly.

Supporting Your Child Through Phase 1 Treatment

Phase 1 treatment is a team (or family!) effort. Parental support is pivotal to a successful outcome. Westfall Orthodontics encourages parents to engage actively in their child’s orthodontic journey. How? By supporting their child through this transformative process.

Encouraging Oral Hygiene

Emphasize the importance of maintaining excellent oral hygiene, especially with orthodontic appliances in place. Encourage regular brushing and flossing to prevent plaque buildup and ensure the health of gums and teeth.

Managing Discomfort

Some children may experience mild discomfort with their orthodontic appliances. Offering soft foods, pain relief options, and plenty of reassurance can help alleviate any temporary discomfort.

Fostering a Positive Attitude

Celebrate milestones and progress with your child. A positive and encouraging attitude from parents can significantly boost a child’s confidence and compliance throughout the treatment process.

What is Phase 1 Orthodontic Treatment?

Phase 1 Treatment At Westfall Orthodontics

Phase 1 orthodontic treatment at Westfall Orthodontics guarantees a beautiful smile for your child. With locations in Abingdon, Richlands, and Bristol, our practice is dedicated to providing elite orthodontic care. Each office has a friendly, inviting atmosphere. By choosing interceptive treatment, you’re addressing immediate orthodontic concerns and laying the groundwork for your child’s dental health in the future. Go here to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Westfall.