Phase I Treatment is simply orthodontic treatment that is performed prior to full braces. In most cases, this treatment occurs when a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth are present. The purpose of Phase I treatment is to fix any immediate problems – mostly crowding issues, as well as to address problems with the bite.
Typically Phase I treatment will consist of these methods of treatment:
Lingual Arch Space Maintainer
Partial Braces (On the upper front teeth when needed)
Removable Bite Plate Retainer
Facemask or Headgear
Phase I may occur as a single method of treatment, or it may continue into Phase II treatment, where Full braces are placed. This will depend on the dental age of your child and the goals we set out to achieve. Overall, we strive to complete a Phase I treatment in about a year.
Once Phase I is completed, we will provide a retainer to maintain the Phase I correction. This retainer is adjusted during the transition to adult teeth. Once all there permanent teeth are erupted, we then evaluate for Phase II needs.