Phase I Treatment
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends visiting an orthodontist at age 7. This is to determine if any early intervention with orthodontic treatment needs to be done. Some of the major problems that would require early intervention with orthodontic treatment, called a phase I, are:
- Severe Crowding
- Teeth "sticking out" or positioned forward
- Teeth hitting together with too much force
- Crossbites or "teeth positioned on the wrong side of the bite"
Phase I treatments typically last 12 months and needs to be followed by a phase II treatment for most cases.