Early Orthodontics

Early Intervention = Prevention

Prevent future dental issues with interceptive orthodontic treatment

Dr. Frazier approaches early orthodontic treatment the way she would treat her own niece and nephew – conservatively, but proactively. Interceptive orthodontics (also known as Phase I orthodontics) is an exciting treatment option that allows Dr. Frazier to guide your child’s tooth and jaw development in the right direction. The goal is to get a jump start on any issues that could become problematic in the future or affect your child’s jaw development.

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child sees an orthodontist by age 7. Most patients do not need braces or Invisalign at this age, but having their first orthodontic exam at age 7 allows Dr. Frazier to come up with a game plan and properly time their treatment needs.

Evaluating their teeth and jaws early while the patient is still growing makes it easier for Dr. Frazier to correct certain orthodontic conditions (such as crossbites, jaw imbalances, or crowding).

Common Conditions:
There are many common conditions that may benefit from interceptive orthodontics:

  • Crossbite
  • Open Bite
  • Underbites or Overbites
  • Early loss of baby teeth
  • Thumb or finger sucking habits
  • Impacted permanent teeth
  • Protruding teeth
  • Narrow arches or a small mouth

Dr. Frazier’s proactive, but conservative approach to Phase I treatment can provide:

  • More stable results
  • Growth modification and jaw development
  • Reduced risks of damage to your child’s teeth
  • Improve self esteem
  • Guide adult teeth into the proper position