Board certified orthodontist Dr. Mohammad Izadi offers an innovative approach to treating myofunctional habits and jaw developmental issues in growing children. Two-phase orthodontic treatments address the early signs of developing orthodontic concerns. Phased treatment supports healthy speech and jaw development and in many cases prevents the need for more complex treatment later in life.
Early Intervention for Lifelong Prevention
We encourage parents to bring their child in for an orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7 to determine if phase one orthodontics is necessary. Early orthodontic exams are especially important for children who practice myofuncitonal habits such as tongue-thrusting or thumb sucking.
Signs of oral developmental problems include:
- Finger or thumb sucking
- Tongue thrusting
- Crowded teeth
- Early loss of baby teeth
- Difficulty chewing or speaking
- Teeth that do not make contact
Phased-orthodontic treatment can help children address developmental concerns early on in life. Early treatment helps to promote lifelong oral health and prevents speech delays and potential social stigmatization later in life. Children with a musculoskeletal imbalance or malocclusion issues benefit from early intervention and phase one treatment.
Phased Orthodontic Treatment Timonium, MD
Dr. Izadi takes a comprehensive and personalized approach to phased treatment. We get to know your child so that they feel comfortable and look forward to their orthodontic visits. We track your child’s oral development and progression and provide post treatment support for a full year after treatment to ensure lasting results.
Each child receives a thorough functional analysis of their entire oral cavity and jaw. In phase 1 of treatment, Dr. Izadi addresses the functional aspects of the teeth and jaw to provide orthodontic care that will support a healthy, stable smile. Our orthodontic care team’s goal is to minimize the risk of orthodontic relapse or the need for braces by treating the underlying cause of the child’s malocclusion or musculoskeletal concerns.
Phase 1 Treatment typically includes some style of orthodontic appliance. The style of appliance recommended for use will depend on your child’s personal oral health and orthodontic concerns. Pallet expanders, sagittal appliances, and Herbst appliances are commonly used during phase 1. Dr. Izadi works with patients to build personalized recommendations on breaking myofunctional habits and how to best care for their oral appliance and their beautiful smile.