This phase of treatment is necessary when there are problems with the way that the adult teeth are erupting into the mouth, when there is not enough room for the adult teeth to come in or problems with the way that the jaws are growing and developing relative to one another. Usually, this phase is more limited in treatment time than a full set of braces and usually takes about a year or less.
Not everyone will need phase I treatment and Dr. Kopicki will decide if early treatment is right for your child. The idea of early treatment is that it will decrease the difficulty of phase II treatment and help establish a stable bite and jaw relationship. Most children who receive phase I treatment still end up needing full braces when all their permanent teeth erupt.
Common problems that are addressed in phase I are crossbites, excessive crowding, excessive spacing / protrusion of teeth, habits like thumb sucking or tongue thrusting, open bites or severe deep bites, and underbites.