Phase 1 Treatment
What is Phase I Orthodontic Treatment & What Can it Accomplish?
Phase I treatment is used to create an optimal environment for permanent teeth to erupt. In the past we waited until all of the permanent teeth had erupted and THEN we started treatment. We let the baby teeth fall out and used headgears to create space. We did not use space maintainers to their
full extent and took out permanent teeth up to 50% of the time.
Today, we know that children ages 6-11 can benefit in many ways from early Interceptive treatment referred to as Phase I treatment.
Dr. Lisa Strunk is not only a pediatric dentist, she is an orthodontist; the only Dual trained specialist in Omaha who practices pediatric dentistry and orthodontics. As such, she checks her little patients dental health at their checkups but is also keeping an eye on their orthodontic growth and development.
Pedodontics P.C. is kid-friendly and fun. There are bright colors, big windows and even a waiting area that was converted into a big house. The office is open and happy.
The great thing about a dual trained specialist is that a complimentary growth and development assessment is included with every recall appointment. If everything looks okay, then the child will keep coming in every 6 months for their checkup. If, however, Dr. Lisa sees certain red flags, she may recommend space maintainers or an orthodontic evaluation to go over how Phase I treatment could create an environment for more optimal eruption and growth.