Phase One Orthodontics – Roswell, GA
Correcting Baby Teeth to Prepare for Healthier Smiles
While braces are often viewed as a type of treatment only designed for teenagers and adults, problems can often develop while a child still has their baby teeth. At Pop Braces, Dr. Podray-Donovan uses Phase One Orthodontics to correct issues with primary teeth in an effort to avoid more serious and complex problems later on when adult teeth erupt. This unique system also helps to stop non-nutritive habits (i.e., thumb-sucking, tongue thrusting) that can result in extensive orthodontic treatment if allowed to continue. To learn more about Phase One Orthodontics and learn if your child is eligible, contact us today to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Podray-Donovan.
Why Choose Pop Braces for Phase One Orthodontics?
- Trusted Orthodontist with Years of Experience
- Free Consultations
- In-House Financing Available
Does My Child Need Phase One Orthodontics?
If you’re unsure whether your child could benefit from Phase One Orthodontics, be mindful of the following signs. Should they develop one or more of these issues, you are advised to schedule an appointment with an orthodontist in your area to discuss potential treatment.
- Protruding teeth
- Continual thumb or finger sucking
- Gapped, crooked, or crowded teeth
- The jaw is not proportionate with the rest of their head
- Baby teeth continue to obstruct adult teeth attempting to erupt
- Difficulty breathing and/or speaking
- Teeth do not appear to come together naturally
Even if your child does not show any of these signs, it is best to schedule an appointment by the time they reach the age of 7. The reason is that Phase One Orthodontics may still be a viable treatment option, especially since their oral and facial structures are continuing to develop. Just because they do not need braces right now does not mean problems cannot develop that will require them later on. It is best to let Dr. Podray-Donovan examine your child’s smile to determine if early treatment can help avoid more complex and longer-lasting orthodontic care in the future.
What Happens After Phase One Orthodontics?
Two situations can happen after your child completes Phase One Orthodontics: they “rest” for one year and proceed with Phase Two Orthodontics, or they no longer need orthodontic treatment because their needs were met during Phase One. Only after a thorough examination by your child’s orthodontist will we know. In many cases, children do require further treatment with Phase Two. If this is necessary, you can expect this additional step to help correct their permanent teeth and create a healthier, more aesthetically pleasing, and confident smile.
What You Should Remember
Your child’s smile deserves the very best. Apart from regular checkups and cleanings at their pediatric dental office, it is necessary that they undergo a full orthodontic evaluation by the time they reach the age of 7. Dr. Podray-Donovan is capable of providing exceptional care to patients of all ages, but when smiles are not fully developed, treatment times are often shorter because of the ability to more easily move and shift teeth and other facial structures.
With Phase One Orthodontics, you can help your little one embrace a healthier smile from an early age. Instead of watching them deal with self-esteem and oral hygiene issues as they grow older, you can minimize these problems from the start. Your partnership with Dr. Podray-Donovan will ensure your child’s smile is picture-perfect as they transition into adolescence and adulthood.