Sometimes, the earlier you can catch a dental issue, the better your chances of living a life without it. At San Ramon Orthodontics, Dr. Hannah Karkhanechi provides families living in or around San Ramon, California, with early orthodontic treatments to make sure younger family members eliminate unwanted complications as soon as possible. To learn more about whether your child needs Phase 1 treatment, call or go online today to book an appointment at San Ramon Orthodontics.
Phase 1 treatment is otherwise called early orthodontic intervention. In most cases, Dr. Karkhanechi recommends Phase 1 treatment for children of at least seven years of age. Phase 1 treatment is essential in preventing dental issues that might otherwise worsen over time.
Keep in mind that signing your child up for Phase 1 treatment doesn’t necessarily mean that they won’t have any issues ever. It merely addresses complications like crowding or crossbite while the jaw is still developing and malleable.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends starting Phase 1 treatment if your child has or is experiencing any of the following issues:
In other cases, Dr. Karkhanechi recommends Phase 1 treatment if you’ve noticed that your child exclusively breathes through their mouth, especially during the night. This can lead to sleep apnea as your child gets older.
In most cases, Phase 1 treatment fixes issues relating to:
The jaw is divided into two sections, upper and lower, and it keeps developing until puberty ends. Phase 1 treatment allows Dr. Karkhanechi to intervene while the jaw is still in its developing stage.
At San Ramon Orthodontics, Dr. Karkhanechi uses palatal expanders to modify your child’s upper dental arch. In doing so, she creates space in the mouth.
The benefits of Phase 1 treatment are manifold, though the primary benefit is that it significantly reduces your child’s chances of developing severe dental issues down the line.
Some other benefits of Phase 1 treatment include:
Getting your child in front of a orthodontist as early as when they’re seven years can make all the difference.
Call or go online today to book an appointment with Dr. Karkhanechi at San Ramon Orthodontics.