Early Treatment


Why are there two Phases of Orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontic treatment in children can often benefit from two phases of treatment. The first phase or Interceptive phase is recommended for patients that have a specific problem that needs to be addressed before full orthodontic treatment can commence. Not all patients require two phase of treatment.

Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment are:

·         Creating room for crowded, erupting permanent teeth

·         Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth

·         Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth

·         Preserving space for unerupted teeth

·         Reducing the need for permanent tooth removal

·         Reducing treatment time with full braces

After phase one or Interceptive phase has been completed patients often enter an intermediate phase where Dr. McGill will observe them periodically while their permanent dentition erupts, however, if all permanent teeth have erupted at the end of phase one treatment, Dr. McGill may recommend starting phase two.

Adult dentition is most often achieved during the ages of 11 and 15. This is the most common time for full orthodontic treatment to commence. By 12, most if not all of the permanent teeth have erupted and are in place, and crooked teeth, gaps and bad bites can easily be detected. These problems will hardly ever correct themselves, so this is when most parents decide to seek orthodontic treatment.

This is also a good time for orthodontic treatment because many negative associations of braces are not present. Many children in this age range undergo orthodontic treatment, and children are very often able to be convinced to wear braces because they see their friends wearing them, too, and want to fit in.

Besides the benefits of fitting in with their friends, children at this age are growing rapidly, and orthodontists can usually take advantage of these growth spurts to help shape the bite and teeth correctly. And children at this age have high metabolisms, which can help shorten overall treatment time and reduce the discomfort of orthodontic treatment.