Phase 1, also called early treatment, is the process of normalizing the growth of a patient’s bone structure and repairing any imbalances of the face and jaws. This process often involves a second phase of treatment once the patient has all his adult teeth. As a board certified orthodontist, Dr. Elfersi is uniquely qualified to guide and correct patient facial development using dentofacial orthopedic therapy.
Based on her training, experience and extensive research Dr. Elfersi recommends Phase 1 treatment only when appropriate and based your child occlusion. Often, parents are surprised after Dr. Elfersi places their kid on recall to further monitor their jaw and bone growth. Orthodontics is a lengthy and slow process, Dr. Elfersi will not start treatment unless necessary and beneficial for your child. Your kid may have an orthodontic condition that will be treated after all his adult teeth have erupted. Please take some time to ask Dr. Elfersi any questions you may have and discuss your child specific treatment.
While orthodontic treatment most often begins between the ages of 9 and 14, some children’s orthodontic problems can benefit from earlier treatment. If phase 1 is indicated, it can give Dr. Elfersi the chance to:
It’s not always easy to tell when your child has an orthodontic problem. Even teeth that look straight may be hiding an unhealthy bite. Here are some clues that may indicate the need for orthodontic attention: