At Northpointe Dental, we are committed to providing comprehensive orthodontic care that addresses dental issues from the earliest stages. This commitment is why we offer phase one orthodontics, a specialized approach designed to treat and prevent dental irregularities in children. By intervening at an early age, we aim to correct problems that, if left untreated, could become more complex and require more invasive treatments in the future.

Laying the Foundation With Phase One Orthodontics

Phase one orthodontics, also known as early interceptive orthodontics, targets children between the ages of 6 and 10, focusing on guiding the development of the jaw and correcting bite issues. This proactive approach can address overcrowding, spacing and misalignments by taking advantage of a child’s ongoing growth. The goal is to create a healthier environment for permanent teeth to emerge and to reduce the likelihood of future orthodontic complications.

The Phase One Orthodontic Journey

The journey towards a healthy, aligned smile begins with a comprehensive evaluation by our dentist:

  1. Initial Assessment: We start with a thorough examination of your child’s teeth, jaws and bite to identify any potential issues that could benefit from early intervention.
  2. Customized Treatment Planning: If phase one orthodontics is recommended, we will develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your child’s specific needs. This may include the use of fixed or removable appliances to guide jaw growth, correct bite problems or create space for emerging teeth.
  3. Active Treatment Phase: Throughout the treatment, we will closely monitor your child’s progress, making adjustments as necessary to ensure optimal results.
  4. Preparation for Next Steps: Once phase one treatment is complete, we will evaluate the need for phase two orthodontics, typically initiated once all permanent teeth have erupted.

The Advantages of Early Intervention

  • Prevents more severe problems from developing.
  • Can reduce the time and complexity of future orthodontic treatment.
  • Utilizes the child’s growth for more effective results.
  • Improves the appearance and function of your child’s smile.
  • Increases the chance of a healthier, more stable bite in adulthood.

Begin Your Child’s Orthodontic Journey Today

If you believe your child could benefit from phase one orthodontics in Zanesville, Ohio, or if you are seeking expert advice on their dental development, we invite you to call us today at 740-454-6644 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Brian Waggle. Together, we can take the first steps towards a beautiful, aligned smile that lays the groundwork for their oral health future.