What is Phase I treatment?
Phase I treatment sets the foundation for a beautiful, functional smile and healthy jaw relationships throughout your child’s lifetime.
The goals of early orthodontic treatment are to:
- Guide your child to healthy oral development
- Prevent future dental issues
- Correct any problems that could adversely affect your child’s jaw growth
Not all children need Phase I treatment, but the American Association of Orthodontists recommends your child visit our office by age seven so Dr. Frazier can evaluate whether or not interceptive treatment is beneficial for your child.
Common Conditions that may benefit from Interceptive Orthodontics:
- Crossbite or narrow arches
- Open Bite
- Early baby tooth loss
- Thumb or finger sucking habits
- Impacted permanent teeth
- Missing permanent teeth
- Under bite or Over bite
- Protruding teeth
- Crowded or Crooked teeth
- Jaw discrepancies
Diagnosing many of these conditions early can help with your child’s growth and development and often makes comprehensive (Phase II) treatment more comfortable, less invasive, and more efficient for your child.
Please call 864-686-6202 for a complimentary consultation.
Adolescent Treatment (Sometimes called Phase II Treatment)
The goal of adolescent treatment is to position each tooth in a precise location for optimal esthetics and function. Dr. Frazier considers all aspects of facial and dental esthetics to achieve the best results. The best results are achieved when your entire oral cavity (teeth, tongue, lips, cheeks) and jaw positions are in harmony with you face.
After treatment, patients will be provided with retainers to ensure their new smiles last a lifetime.
It’s never too late to improve your smile!
Orthodontic treatment isn’t just for children and teens. Investing in your smile can improve your self-esteem and overall oral health. Crooked teeth or an improper bite can make it difficult to keep your teeth clean and healthy. This can contribute to gum or bone loss around your teeth, abnormal wear of enamel, and tooth decay. Adult orthodontic treatment can create a more esthetic, healthier smile.
New techniques, technology, and treatment options will allow you to work with Dr. Frazier to design a treatment plan that fits your smile goals and busy lifestyle. In fact, many of our patients are getting orthodontic treatment alongside their child!
Some orthodontic issues can be more severe and will require treatment from multiple specialists, such as your dentist, pediatric dentist, periodontist, or oral surgeon. Dr. Frazier believes in a team approach to treatment. Collaboration with other healthcare professionals often leads to the best results. Dr. Frazier loves working with her colleagues to develop the best treatment plan for you or your loved ones.
Examples of conditions that may require an interdisciplinary approach to treatment include:
- Missing teeth that may require implants or bridges
- Large jaw discrepancies that may require orthognathic surgery
- Small or misshaped teeth that may require cosmetic build ups or veneers
- Gum disease, recession, or bone loss that may require grafting