Early Treatment

Early Treatment

Early orthodontic treatment in Scottsdale, Peoria, and Paradise Valley, also known as interceptive orthodontics, refers to the process of diagnosing and treating dental and jaw alignment issues in children at a young age, typically between the ages of seven and ten. This proactive approach is designed to address and correct potential problems before they become more severe, making future treatments simpler and more effective.

Why Early Orthodontic Treatment?

Early orthodontic treatment in Scottsdale, Peoria, and Paradise Valley, also known as interceptive orthodontics, typically begins between the ages of seven and ten. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have their first orthodontic evaluation by age seven. At this age, children have a mix of primary (baby) teeth and permanent teeth, which makes it easier for orthodontists in Scottsdale, Peoria, and Paradise Valley to diagnose and correct dental issues before they become more severe.

The primary objectives of early orthodontic treatment include the following:

  • Guidance of Jaw Growth

Early treatment can guide the growth of the jaw, ensuring it develops in a way that accommodates all permanent teeth properly.

  • Improved Facial Symmetry

By addressing jaw and tooth alignment issues early, we can enhance facial symmetry, contributing to a more balanced and aesthetically pleasing appearance.

  • Space for Erupting Teeth

Creating adequate space for erupting permanent teeth reduces the need for tooth extraction later.

  • Reduced Risk of Trauma

Correcting protruding front teeth early on minimizes the risk of injury to these teeth.

  • Enhanced Oral Health

Properly aligned teeth are easier to clean, reducing the risk of cavities and gum disease.

Process of Early Orthodontic Treatment At Faces Orthodontics 

At Faces Orthodontics in Scottsdale, Peoria, and Paradise Valley, we believe in a personalized approach to early orthodontic treatment. Our team of experienced orthodontists uses the latest technology and techniques to ensure the best outcomes for our young patients.

Initial Consultation

The first step in early orthodontic treatment is a comprehensive initial consultation. During this visit, we conduct a thorough examination, which includes:

  • Digital X-rays: These provide a clear view of the teeth and jaw structure, allowing for accurate diagnosis.
  • Photographs: We take detailed photographs of the child's teeth and face to document their current condition and track progress.
  • Dental Impressions: Impressions of the teeth may be taken to create accurate models for further analysis.

Based on these assessments, we develop a customized treatment plan tailored to the child's specific needs.

Phase 1 Treatment

Early orthodontic treatment in Scottsdale, Peoria, and Paradise Valley, often occurs in two phases. Phase 1 treatment typically begins while the child still has some baby teeth. The goals of Phase 1 treatment are to:

  • Correct significant bite problems
  • Create space for erupting permanent teeth
  • Address harmful oral habits, such as thumb sucking

Common Phase 1 treatments include:

  • Expanders: These are used to widen the upper jaw to correct crossbites and create space for crowded teeth.
  • Partial Braces: Braces placed on specific teeth to correct alignment issues.
  • Space Maintainers: Devices that hold space for permanent teeth if a baby tooth is lost prematurely.
  • Functional Appliances: Devices that guide the growth of the jaw and correct bite issues.

Monitoring Progress

After Phase 1 treatment, we enter a monitoring phase. During this time, we schedule regular check-ups to track the child's dental development and ensure the progress of the initial treatment. This phase lasts until all permanent teeth have erupted, typically around ages 12 to 14.

Phase 2 Treatment

Phase 2 treatment involves full braces or clear aligners to fine-tune the alignment of the teeth and ensure a stable, functional bite. The duration of Phase 2 treatment varies depending on the complexity of the case but typically lasts between 12 and 24 months. Call us to learn more.

The Importance of Early Orthodontic Evaluations

Early orthodontic evaluations are crucial because they allow orthodontists to:

  • Identify and address dental issues before they become more complicated.
  • Plan a comprehensive treatment strategy that can minimize the need for more extensive procedures later.
  • Promote better oral health habits and reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

Conclusion

Early orthodontic treatment at Faces Orthodontics in Scottsdale, Peoria, and Paradise Valley, can make a significant difference in your child's dental health and overall well-being. By addressing issues early, we can guide the proper development of the teeth and jaw, prevent future complications, and ensure a beautiful, confident smile.

Our team of experienced orthodontists is dedicated to providing the highest quality care in a friendly and supportive environment. If you have a child between the ages of seven and ten, we encourage you to schedule an early orthodontic evaluation at one of our convenient locations in Scottsdale, Peoria, or Paradise Valley.

Contact Faces Orthodontics to learn more about our orthodontic treatment options and take the first step towards a healthier, happier smile. Contact our Scottsdale Office at (480) 661-1818, Peoria Office at (623) 566-6784, or Paradise Valley Office at (602) 992-7182.

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8890 E Desert Cove, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Phone: (480) 661-1818

Email: info@facesorthodntics.com

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9059 West Lake Pleasant Parkway, Peoria, AZ 85382

Phone: (623) 566-6784

Email: info@facesorthodntics.com

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14640 N. Tatum Blvd., Suite 5, Phoenix, AZ 85032

Phone: (602) 992-7182

Email: info@facesorthodntics.com

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