Phase I Early Treatment


“I’m grateful to have met Dr. Moricz, she was able to recommend conservative treatment for my children and keeping them at ease.”
– Jennifer Lewis, Sarasota, Florida

Early Treatment is the Best Treatment

Orthodontic treatment that begins at an early age is referred to as many things, including two phase treatment, early treatment, interceptive treatment and phase I treatment. This first phase of treatment is recommended for patients that have certain jaw disharmonies, severe crowding, and/or certain habits such as thumb sucking or tooth grinding. Early intervention can often prevent trauma to the teeth or gums, later removal of permanent teeth or even jaw surgery. Leaving a severe problem untreated until the eruption of permanent teeth could result in a problem too severe to treat with braces alone. Dr. Moricz wrote a thesis on early and multiple phase treatments and is passionate about the proper treatment at the proper time. We will only reccommend early treatment for those patients for whom there is a distinct benefit.

Early Exam

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends screening children no later than age 7. Children this age have achieved approximately 80% of facial growth, a first phase of treatment during this time can leverage remaining growth.

Second Phase

By the time they reach age 11 or 12 (when the second phase of treatment is initiated), children have achieved more than 90 percent of their lifetime facial growth.

Active Children

Studies show that almost 1 in five children will experience a dental related injury by the age of 18. A dental mouthguard or the correction of dental or jaw problems at an early age can help reduce this number.

Advanced Early Treatment

Some young patients have severe dental problems that benefit from early treatment. At Moricz Orthodontics we are conservative with your time and resources, only advising treatment for those in need. You can also feel at ease in knowing that we offer the most up to date treatment modalities to maximize efficiency and comfort, including Early Phase Invisalign and Itero dental imaging instead of messy impressions.

First Phase: 6-9 Months

The first phase of treatment usually lasts 6-9 months. Treatment may consist of partial braces, Invisalign or an appliance like a palatal expander or space maintainer. The goal of Phase I treatment is typically coordination of the jaws, prevention of trauma to teeth or gums, creation of space for eruption of permanent teeth and/or improved esthetics, and self confidence. Once the active portion of treatment is completed, the patient is often given a retainer and placed on a recall program in which he or she is routinely monitored for the need of a second phase of treatment.

a gentle and caring approach

Dr. Moricz ensures all of her patients receive the gentlest treatments and assures that children feel safe at all times. Here are some benefits of early treatment:
  • Correct and guide the growth of your child’s jaw
  • Prevent trauma for severely protruding teeth
  • Corect a dental or skeletal crossbite (when the bottom teeth cross over the top teeth)
  • To help the permanent teeth come in straight
  • Regulate the width of the upper dental arch
  • Create more space for crowded teeth
  • Avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions later in life
  • Correct thumb sucking and finger sucking
  • Help improve minor speech problems
  • Improved esthetics and self-esteem
  • Maintaining space for eruption of permanent teeth due to early loss or severe decay
  • Treatment of tongue thrust