Phase One focuses on the shape of the jaw itself. Treatment at this stage is designed to promote jaw development that allows the upper and lower permanent teeth to fit together as they should.
At your first visit, your doctor makes records (photographs, X-rays, and models of the teeth) to determine if early treatment is desirable and what steps should be taken.
We may recommend devices like headgear or space maintainers to bring the jaw and teeth into proper alignment. Our goal is to create room for the remaining permanent teeth to grow in properly during a break in the treatment.
Phase Two begins once all of your child's permanent adult teeth have emerged.
Braces are usually recommended at this time, followed by a retainer, to ensure that all the teeth have been stabilized in their correct positions.