Phase 1 Orthodontics – Hamilton

An Early Start
to a Straight Smile

Beginning orthodontic treatment early can make a huge difference in the overall well-being of your child’s smile. That’s why it is recommended that children and parents attend a Phase 1 Orthodontics consultation before kids turn 7. This way, we can examine their smile to detect any developmental issues and form a plan to have their smile treated as soon as possible. To schedule a consultation for your child, give us a call!

Why Choose Hamilton Pediatric Dental Care
for Phase 1 Orthodontics?

  • Friendly, Welcoming Dental Team
  • Amenities for Children
  • We Welcome Dental Insurance

How Phase 1 Orthodontics Works

Girl at the dentist

Phase 1 Orthodontics – also commonly called “interceptive orthodontics,” is specifically designed to guide the development of the teeth and jaw as your child grows. Every treatment plan is entirely customized to your child’s unique smile. It may include an expander, space maintainer, short-term braces, or a combination of multiple treatments to put your child on track toward a healthy, beautifully aligned smile.

Generally speaking, Phase 1 Orthodontics lasts between 10 and 14 months, but the length of this treatment plan will depend on the changes that need to be made. Once your child has completed Phase 1 treatment, we will continue to monitor their growth and development. If necessary, Phase 2 orthodontics will begin soon after all of the permanent teeth have erupted.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Phase 1 Orthodontics

Girl wearing braces

Not every child is in need of interceptive orthodontics, but some significantly benefit from it. That’s what makes your child’s consultation so important. It is typically recommended for children who have:

  • Difficulty chewing
  • Trouble speaking clearly
  • Overcrowded teeth
  • Spaced-out teeth
  • Protruding teeth
  • A disproportionate jaw

The Benefits of Phase 1 Orthodontics

Child wearing retainers

There are numerous benefits children can experience thanks to interceptive orthodontics. Here are some of the most prominent ones:

  • Shorter Treatment Time: When a child undergoes Phase 1 Orthodontics, they usually require less orthodontic care in the long run. This helps parents and patients to save time and money!
  • Improved Confidence: Straightening the teeth can help children feel more confident when showing off their smiles. This can make a huge difference in their mental health as they grow up and beyond.
  • Easier Function: Aligning the teeth early on will help to promote proper development. This will help your child to eat, speak, and smile as comfortably as possible.