Early Orthodontic Treatment

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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 significant problems later.


Expansion with Invisalign First

Early Treatment

Invisalign First aligners achieve bony base 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.

See Before & Afters of aligner expansion!

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.

Rapid Palatal Expansion (RPE)

Rapid Palatal Expansion achieves sutural expansion.  RPE is recommended in moderate to severely crowded cases.  The benefit to this type of expansion is that it quickly creates space, which is especially needed with impacted teeth in severe cases.




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