Newport Beach (949) 640-0202
Laguna Beach (949) 494-8555
(Early or Interceptive) two-phase treatment is the initiation of orthodontic treatment prior to the eruption of all of the permanent teeth.
The early treatment approach is designed to intercept or prevent a developing bite problem that if left untreated, would ultimately result in the child having a more difficult problem or a compromised result in the future.
Treatment may involve a palate expander, retainer, braces or other appliance designed to create room erupting teeth, prevent tooth extraction, correct an overbite, cross bite or other tooth or jaw alignment problem.
Most children do not need 2-phase treatment, but when indicated interceptive treatment is effective and the results are impressive.
Although most children do not require 2 phase treatment, below is a list and examples of patients treated in our office that benefitted from early orthodontic treatment. Please note that there is correction of the teeth (dental) and the profile (skeletal) in many cases:
No. If your child has a bite problem that requires interceptive treatment, do not expect it to improve with time. Often what occurs is just the opposite – over time many orthodontic problems get worse. For example, a palate expander in about one month’s time can create space for an 8-year-old child with crowded teeth. However, if left untreated, the crowded teeth can encroach upon the other teeth and push them out of alignment. This could result in tooth impaction, tooth extraction or another more severe dental problem.
Our office, staff and doctors pride ourselves at being great with children. Dr. DiGiovanni has a very gentle “chair-side” manner and enjoy treating young patients. They have designed an upbeat, fun and interactive office with kids in mind and have hand-picked a specialized staff that love to treat children as well.
In our office, you will find fun contests, games, prizes, video games, TVs to watch your chair, and even refreshments to enjoy during your visit. Our entire staff focuses on making each patient’s experience in our office a positive one -which includes making sure they feel at ease at each appointment.
1401 Avocado Avenue #203 • Newport Beach, CA 92660 • Phone: (949) 640-0202 • Fax: (949) 640-7633
1166 Glenneyre • Laguna Beach, CA 92651 • Phone: (949) 494-8555 • Fax: (949) 494-7671
Serving these surrounding cities:
Costa Mesa, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo, San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point, Orange County, Irvine,
Newport Coast, Pelican, Garden Grove, South Orange County, Huntington Beach, Seal Beach, Capo Valley