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Early / Phase I Braces Treatment in Columbus

The Right Time for an Orthodontic Check-Up: No Later than Age 7

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends all children get a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7. At this point the orthodontist will evaluate your child and may recommend early interceptive orthodontic treatment (also known as Phase I) for the child. This phase will be undertaken with the clear understanding that a Phase II will follow when the child has matured after loss of all primary teeth. However, in some cases, Dr. Mason may find that patients who successfully completed Phase I treatment no longer require Phase II treatment. If your child is older than 7, it’s certainly not too late for a check-up.

What Can A Screening Examination Reveal On A Young Child?

Early Treatment May Give Your Orthodontist The Chance To:

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How To Tell If Your Child May Need Early Orthodontic Treatment:

bad bites

Crossbite Case

Patient presented with bilateral posterior crossbite(narrow maxilla) and underbite. Crossbite and underbite correction performed during phase I. Patient’s profile improved post treatment.

cross bites before

cross bites after

girl's side profile

Underbite Case

Patient presented with an underbite and trauma to lower front teeth and gingival recessions. Underbite correction was performed during phase I. Gingival recession improved.

cross bite before

cross bite after

Open Bite Case

Patient presented with an open bite due to thumb sucking habit. Sucking habit was stopped and bite was closed during phase I treatment. After patient lost all of primary (baby) teeth, patient was evaluated for 2nd phase. Parents chose not to pursue 2nd phase of treatment as they were happy with the phase I results.

overbite case before

overbite case after

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Early Loss Case

Patient presented with early loss of primary tooth #c and impaction of adult tooth #6. During phase I treatment, space was created for tooth #6 and tooth erupted without damaging neighboring teeth.

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