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Phase 1 Orthodontic Treatment
(From about age 6 to 11)

“Seize the Moment”

Several bite issues should be addressed at early age to maximize the benefits of orthodontic treatment. Our Phase 1 Orthodontic Treatment sets clear treatment targets and goals, making later Phase 2 Treatment unnecessary (Example 1) or very simple.

Example 1
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Phase 1 Target Problems

Moderate to Severe Crowding

More than 5 mm of crowding calls for space gain with orthodontic appliances to reduce the need for future extraction. If the crowding is very severe, special approach is recommended.

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Deep Bite Hurting the Roof of Mouth

If the bite is deep, and the bottom teeth are hurting the roof of the mouth, or the top teeth are hurting the gum tissue at bottom front teeth, the deep bite needs to be fixed to avoid injuries and gum recession.

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Big Space at Front Teeth

If there is space of more than 2 mm at top front teeth, it is best to examine the cause of the space, and close it. 

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Crossbite in the Back Teeth

Crossbite in the back teeth will not self-correct. It is better to fix this to avoid development of asymmetry, while it is easy to fix it.

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The space between the top and bottom front teeth can be because of the patient’s habit. This should be addressed at early age.

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Excessive Overbite

If the top front teeth are sticking out more than 7 mm as compared to the bottom, there is more chance of breaking the top front teeth.


The growth can be modified if the treatment begins early to improve the facial balance.

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Underbite is usually because of bigger bottom jaw. If treatment begins early especially before age 10, growth of the top jaw can be modified to advance forward to improve the facial balance

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