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Phase 1 Orthodontics – Nashua, NH

Addressing and Preventing Orthodontic Problems

It’s common for parents to assume that they don’t have to think about braces until their child is in their teens. In reality, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends starting the process when they are seven! This is crucial because – even if they have a mixture of their baby and adult teeth – we want to address existing orthodontic issues and prevent others from developing in the future. To learn more about Phase 1 orthodontics, keep reading or schedule an appointment with our Nashua orthodontist!

Why Choose Simply Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics for Phase 1 Orthodontics?

  • Pediatric Dentist and Orthodontist On-Staff
  • We Accept All Dental Insurance Plans
  • Convenient After-School Hours

How Phase 1 Orthodontics Works

Smiling child holding a retainer

Phase 1 orthodontic treatment is customized to each patient’s unique needs, so the process looks a bit different for everyone. Of course, the first step is always the same: the consultation with our talented orthodontist, Dr. Sam Alkhoury. If he determines that your child would benefit from early orthodontics, then he will create a personalized treatment plan with the necessary appliances, like an expander, a space maintainer, or even specialized braces; all with the goal of improving the alignment of their teeth and their bite.

Who is a Good Candidate for Phase 1 Orthodontics? 

Smiling child giving dentist a high-five

At your child’s routine dental checkups, their pediatric dentist will keep an eye out for the following:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Spaced-out teeth
  • Protruding teeth
  • A disproportionate jaw

It’s also important that you keep an eye out for other warning signs of orthodontic problems, like if your child has difficulty enunciating clearly, they breathe through their mouth constantly, or they bite the inside of their cheeks.

The Benefits of Phase 1 Orthodontics

Child smiling while sitting in treatment chair

Phase 1 orthodontics can address many of the problems we’ve listed above – from trouble speaking clearly to premature wear from crooked teeth. One of the biggest benefits, however, is that this orthodontic treatment can help prevent certain problems from arising altogether, like a considerable overbite. That’s why the American Association of Orthodontists encourages parents to bring their child in for their first visit when they are seven; the goal is to address existing problems while also improving the look, health, and function of their smile throughout their life!