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Interceptive Orthodontic Treatment in Cary, Apex, and Morrisville
Interceptive orthodontic treatment – also known as early treatment or phase 1 orthodontics – helps your child enjoy a lifetime of healthier smiles. Learn more about the benefits of early orthodontics with Bovenizer & Baker Orthodontics. Schedule a complimentary consultation today!
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child see an orthodontist by the time they are 7 years old. By this point in their development, we can tell whether your child would benefit from phase 1 orthodontics. Phase 1 orthodontics uses appliances like expanders, partial braces, and other tools to correct concerns before they become larger issues
At Bovenizer and Baker Orthodontics, we very rarely prescribe phase 1 or early treatment. These procedures only represent about 8% of all new patients. Instead, we use these yearly appointments as an opportunity to know you and your child a little better. That way, when it is time to start treatment later in adolescence, it will be with a professional with whom you have a personal relationship.
Dr. Bovenizer and Dr. Baker’s conservative approach to treatment keeps tabs on the growth and development of the child so that if any procedure is deemed necessary, they can provide more effective treatment. Treating patients only when necessary is a longstanding hallmark of Bovenizer and Baker’s practice.
The Benefits of Interceptive Orthodontic Treatment
Because younger teeth are more flexible, they are more responsive to early orthodontics. This means we can fix malocclusions before they develop into larger issues. Some other benefits of phase 1 orthodontics include:
Corrects teeth and jaw development
Decreases risk of speech problems or oral injuries
Creates a good environment for emerging permanent teeth
Improves long-term dental health
Prevents costly dental procedures
Common Types of Early Orthodontic Treatment
If you notice your kid developing spaced-out teeth, crowded and crooked teeth, an overbite, or an underbite, it’s a good idea to take them to an orthodontist. An experienced orthodontist will be able to tell whether your child will benefit from early orthodontics.
We use a few types of tools to correct your child’s smile. For example, a palate expander can reduce potential tooth crowding or eliminate the need for extractions. Or, partial braces may be used to align teeth in the proper position.
Find Out if Phase 1 Orthodontics is Right for Your Child
While the majority of kids do not need early orthodontic treatment, it’s a good idea to take your child to the orthodontist by age 7. This way, we can address bite malocclusions before they develop into larger issues later on!
Early orthodontic treatment can help your child achieve a lifetime of happier, healthier smiles. If you’re looking for the best phase 1 orthodontics in Cary, Apex, and Morrisville, Bovenizer & Baker can help. Schedule a complimentary consultation today!