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Phase One Orthodontics – Cumming, GA

An Early Start to a Straighter Smile

A little girl wearing a striped blouse and smiling after receiving Phase One Orthodontics in Cumming

At Serenity Orthodontics, our team of experts is here to help your child’s smile grow healthy and strong. By the age of 7, it is recommended that you bring them in for a regular orthodontic evaluation. It is at this time we can review their oral structure and determine if there are problems that exist that might result in the need for braces later on. If so, we can offer Phase One Orthodontics as a solution to help correct alignment problems before their adult teeth begin to erupt. This process is also designed to help eliminate non-nutritive behaviors that can lead to orthodontic problems later on, too, such as thumb sucking or tongue thrusting. To learn more about this unique system and how it can help your little one, contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

Why Choose Serenity Orthodontics for Phase One Orthodontics?

  • Trusted and Experienced Orthodontists
  • Free Consultations Available
  • Convenient, 0% In-House Financing

Does My Child Need Phase One Orthodontics?

A mother and father smiling while holding their little girl in Cumming

How do you know if your child needs Phase One Orthodontics? Unless you can easily recognize the signs, you may not know it until you schedule a consultation with a trusted orthodontist. While this is necessary for your child to undergo treatment, Dr. Podray and Dr. Lewis want you to feel more informed about your child’s oral health and development. If you notice any of the following signs, there is a good chance your little one will benefit from Phase One Orthodontics:

  • Their teeth are protruding
  • They have difficulty breathing or speaking
  • They suck their thumb or finger
  • Their teeth appear gapped, crooked, or crowded
  • Their teeth do not appear to come together correctly
  • Their baby teeth continue to obstruct their adult teeth
  • Their jaw appears disproportionate from the rest of their head

The important component to keep in mind is that your child’s smile and facial structure is continuing to develop. As a result, even if they do not show any of the above-mentioned signs, they could benefit from Phase One Orthodontics. Only Dr. Podray or Dr. Lewis can determine if it is necessary, which is why it is best to schedule a consultation early on to ensure positive and healthy results for the future.

What Happens After Phase One Orthodontics?

A little girl shows off her metal braces in Cumming

If your child completes Phase One Orthodontics, you can rest easy knowing they won’t require braces later on, right? While this is a nice theory, it’s not always the case. In most situations, our team will give your child’s oral structure a chance to rest for about a year before starting Phase Two Orthodontics. During this time, you can expect their smiles to continue to develop. When the time is right, Dr. Podray or Dr. Lewis will re-evaluate. If it proves that Phase One was enough to address your child’s individual needs, there may be no reason to move forward to Phase Two; however, if your child needs additional treatment, Phase Two will help to correct their permanent teeth and give them a healthier, straighter smile.

What You Should Remember

Two young boys wearing backpacks outside of school and one wearing braces in Cumming

The reason it is recommended that your child visit the orthodontist by the time they reach the age of 7 is that it is much easier to realign and straighten developing smiles. Because a child’s teeth and jaw are not permanently affixed into place, their treatment may not take as long as an adult who needs braces.

By starting Phase One Orthodontics early on, you can start your child on a path to a healthier smile and potentially avoid more complex and timely orthodontic treatment later on. Seeing a qualified and trusted orthodontist to evaluate and monitor your child’s oral development will allow them to customize their treatment in a way that ensures beautiful results.