Why Start Orthodontics Young?
Benefits Of Early Treatment
By beginning your child’s orthodontic treatment at an early age, you are minimizing their need for more complicated procedures later in life.
Dr. Foote specializes in Phase I Orthodontics, also known as early, interceptive orthodontic treatment, provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Early treatment is really orthopedic, in that it helps to guide the growth and development of the bones and the underlying dentition, helping to prevent significant problems later.
- Influence positive jaw growth to create facial symmetry and normal development of the upper and lower jaws
- Create room for crowded, erupting teeth and preserve space for unerupted ones
- Reduce the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth and correct harmful oral habits
- Reduce the need for tooth removal and treatment time for orthodontic care
- Improve confidence and even some speech problems
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Rapid Palatal Expansion (RPE)
Rapid Palatal Expansion is normally performed in children and teens with moderate to severe cases of crowding. RPE widens the upper jaw by achieving sutural expansion. The benefit to this type of expansion is that it quickly develops the bone of the upper jaw to relieve crowding. Palatal expansion helps to prevent impacted teeth and other issues related to a narrow upper jaw, including sleep apnea, snoring, and mouth breathing. Expansion greatly improves airway and also allows for proper development of the lower jaw.
alignment with invisalign first
Invisalign First utilizes sets of clear, removable plastic aligners to gently move teeth into alignment when children still have primary teeth and help create space for the underlying adult teeth. Because aligners are removable, unlike traditional metal or ceramic braces, there are no dietary restrictions and allow for easier brushing and flossing. With better hygiene and no poking wires or broken brackets, you’ll experience fewer emergency appointments, discomfort, and longer appointment intervals.
Early Interceptive Orthodontics
Phase 1 Treatment
Dr. Foote specializes in Phase I Orthodontics, also known as early interceptive orthodontic treatment. It is usually initiated on children between the ages of 7 and 10 to address significant spacing problems. This treatment typically involves expansion of the upper jaw to relieve crowding, effectively preventing eruption issues from becoming more severe as children grow into their teenage years.
Guidance of growth and development
Phase 1 Advantages
Early intervention can help with a number of orthodontic issues in young children. If your child has arches that need width correction, an overbite, underbite, or other teeth positioning issue, this Phase 1 treatment will begin correcting the problem, developing the jaws properly and guiding their growth in the proper way that can lead to a quicker alignment process during Phase 2 treatment when your child’s adult teeth have fully erupted, typically around age 12.