Early Treatment

Early orthodontic treatment, also known as Interceptive or Phase I treatment, is done primarily to correct skeletal or dental issues that arise before all of the permanent teeth erupt, typically between the ages of 7 and 10. The benefits of early treatment include guiding jaw growth, creating necessary space for permanent teeth to erupt, and eliminating habits or traumatic bites.

The most common appliance used during Phase I treatment is the Rapid Palatal Expander (RPE). Expanders are generally worn for 6-9 months.

We work with the highest quality appliances in the industry, made by our partner lab ODL. The actual product is shown below. You can learn more at ODL's website.
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common QUESTIONS regarding early treatment
When should my child see an orthodontist?

Dr. Piskai follows the recommendation of the American Association of Orthodontists that children be evaluated by an orthodontist by age 7. This may sound young, but it is very important to evaluate jaw growth along with the relationship of the primary and permanent teeth before peak growth is complete. That way, if there is a skeletal or dental issue that needs to be corrected, it can be diagnosed and treated at the proper time.

What appliances are used in Phase 1 / Early Treatment?

Expanders, braces, and aligners are all typical appliances used in early treatment, and they may be used alone or in combination with one another. Each patient has different treatment needs and we will recommend the best appliances for each individual case.

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Your visit includes a comprehensive examination, digital x-ray imaging, assessment of your individual case, and review of treatment options.

We accept insurance, offer 0% in-house financing over the course of your treatment, and our fee is all-inclusive. Our consultations are 100% complimentary and we never pressure you to make a decision.
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