Benefits of Phase 1 Treatment

In addressing the needs of our youngest patients, our practice carefully considers what makes them unique. One particular approach we employ is known as the two-phase treatment, and our team at Sturbridge Orthodontics is here to explain this method further and answer the question: What are the benefits of Phase One treatment?

The Bigger Picture

To understand the initial stage of this treatment, let’s start by reviewing the entire plan. Two-phase treatment will always be a bit different from patient to patient, depending on their case, but it’s exclusively for children.

  1. Phase One (Early Treatment or Interceptive Phase): Typically occurring around the ages of seven to ten, this stage involves children who have both permanent teeth and remaining baby teeth. The primary objective during this period is to tackle orthodontic conditions such as severe crowding, crossbites, or protruding front teeth—all of which are most effectively treated while a child is still young.
  2. Phase Two (Comprehensive Treatment): This stage usually takes place between the ages of eleven and fourteen. It focuses on the alignment of the permanent teeth, as well as the proper alignment of both the upper and lower jaws. Comprehensive treatment typically employs full braces or other orthodontic appliances to precisely adjust the positions of teeth and the bite.


Benefits of Phase 1 Treatment

Exploring Phase One

Now that we have an understanding of how these phases relate to one another, we can discuss the benefits of Phase One:

  • Severe Crowding: Early treatment is often recommended by Dr. Sabelis when significant crowding among the teeth is present. This early intervention allows us to create additional space for the proper eruption of permanent teeth.
  • Protruding Front Teeth: Children with prominently protruding front teeth can benefit from this treatment, which specifically addresses protrusion issues and acts as a preventive measure against potential tooth injuries.
  • Dental and Skeletal Discrepancies: Phase One treatment is an optimal solution when there are significant differences in the sizes of the upper and lower jaws or other skeletal concerns.
  • Crossbites: Crossbites, which occur when the upper and lower teeth do not align correctly, can be corrected by guiding the growth of the jaw, thus preventing more severe misalignments in the future.
  • Habits and Other Oral Health Concerns: Orthodontic challenges resulting from habits such as thumb-sucking or tongue-thrusting can be resolved in this phase. Additionally, early intervention can help manage oral health issues, including difficulties in chewing or speaking.
  • Space Maintenance: Utilizing appliances to maintain or create space for permanent teeth is a common aspect of Phase One treatment, especially when there is a potential risk of impaction or other eruption complications.
  • Improving Facial Esthetics: Initiating treatment early to address orthodontic issues contributes to a more symmetrical development of the face and profile.
  • Functional Issues: Problems related to chewing, speech, and jaw function can be effectively addressed during this phase of treatment.

More FAQs

It’s perfectly natural to have questions about this process and how it serves your children, so here are a few additional answers that might help you feel better informed. Dr. Sabelis will always be an available resource for any other queries. 

Q: What is the duration of phase one treatment?

A: The duration can vary depending on the child’s individual case and the extent of his or her issues. Typically, it ranges from several months to a few years.

Q: Does phase one treatment eliminate the need for braces later on?

A: Most likely not. Phase One treatment serves as the foundational step for the eventual alignment achieved with braces. It conditions the child’s teeth and mouth, preparing them for the use of braces in the final stages of treatment.

Q: Will my insurance cover phase one treatment?

A: Coverage varies among providers and plans. It’s always recommended to check with your insurance provider and discuss payment options with our Sturbridge Orthodontics team ahead of treatment.

Q: How frequently are follow-up appointments required during this process?

A: Regular check-ins with Dr. Sabelis are essential for any orthodontic treatment. During this phase, you’ll typically attend appointments every few weeks to monitor progress, make necessary adjustments to appliances, and address any immediate or ongoing concerns. Attendance at these appointments is crucial.

Q: Is phase one treatment necessary for every child?

A: No, it is recommended based on individual needs. While some children may only require comprehensive treatment in their adolescent years, early intervention is crucial in specific cases and preferred in others. Each recommendation is tailored to the unique circumstances of your child.


Benefits of Phase 1 Treatment

Seeking Out Solutions

Sturbridge Orthodontics is proud to provide service for all ages, but we also know that kids often require additional care and attention. We’re pleased to assist you through our outstanding Sturbridge office, which you can reach out to here.