Early Treatment (Phase I)

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Phase I Treatment

Phase I, or early interceptive, orthodontic treatment is usually initiated on children between the ages of 7 and 10 to address significant space problems.  This treatment typically involves expansion of the upper jaw to relieve crowding which prevents eruption issues from becoming more severe.

Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later.


Expansion with Invisalign

Early Treatment

Invisalign aligners achieve bony base expansion and rapid palatal expanders (RPE) achieve sutural expansion.  Aligner expansion is recommended in mild to moderately crowded cases.  The benefits to expansion with aligners include better hygiene, less concern over problematic foods, fewer emergency appointments (no poking wires, broken braces), and longer appointment intervals.

Aligners are worn full time and removed for eating and brushing.

Are Invisalign aligners right for your child for Phase I orthodontic treatment?  Call to us at (610) 525-6142 to schedule a complimentary consultation for your child.

The Benefits of Early Screening

Early evaluation and treatment can yield many results, including the following:

  • Creating facial symmetry through influencing positive jaw growth
  • Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
  • Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  • Correcting harmful oral habits
  • Preserving space for unerupted teeth
  • Reducing the need for tooth removal
  • Reducing treatment time for orthodontic care
  • Improving self-esteem, image and some speech problems