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What are “Phase 1” Braces and When Do Kids Need Them?

Little girl with dental braces during orthodontic checkup.

Phase 1, or early interceptive treatment, is a type of orthodontic treatment performed on children between the ages of 6-10. During this timeframe, children begin to lose baby teeth and adult teeth begin to come in. Treatment at this age has a lot more to do with function and development than anything else. Yes, straightening teeth is still a priority, but Phase 1 treatment is used to set the foundation for a strong, well-functioning bite for your child’s future.

Why Phase 1 Treatment?

At this stage, our orthodontist can assess your child for signs of misalignments or malocclusions (incorrect bites). With the right intervention, any issues with your child’s bite and jaw growth can be corrected before permanent adult teeth make their way in. This early interceptive approach can help to:

  • Create room for crowded teeth
  • Preserve space for teeth yet to erupt
  • Reduce the need for extractions
  • Reduce treatment time in braces later on

Phase 1 Appliances

It is not necessary for all children to undergo phase 1 treatment, but if you notice your child has crowding, flared teeth, an overbite or underbite, it is a good idea to plan a consultation to discuss appliances such as:

  • Special retainers
  • Headgear
  • Partial braces on specific teeth
  • Space maintainers
  • Functional and expansion appliances

Early interceptive orthodontics is an investment in your child’s future. At the office of Dr. William Kincer, we take your child’s development seriously. If you’re not sure your child’s smile needs attention and would like our expert advice, call today to schedule a consultation!

Posted on behalf of William R. Kincer Practice Limited to Orthodontics

44 Old Hamilton Road
Marietta, Georgia 30064

Phone: (770) 424-5280

Monday – Thursday
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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Our Patient Reviews

William R. Kincer, D.M.D., P.C.

5.0/ 5.0

Based on 19 reviews

  • We are beyond thankful for Dr. Kincer and his team!! Dr. Kincer is one of the most honest and conservative Orthodontist, which is a VERY rare find in the industry. We moved to south Florida about halfway through our treatment of 18 months and did not switch orthodontists; that’s how much Dr. Kincer means to us! Our daughter’s smile is absolutely beautiful!!

    Lindsay D
  • Dr. Kincer is the BEST at what he does!!! Both of my girls have been under Dr. Kincer's care, with exceptional results. They both began treatment at age 8, because of their tiny mouths that required Phase I and Phase II treatments. As a result of his recommended treatment plan, our girls will have exceptional teeth for life. Our family is incredibly thankful for Dr. Kincer's meticulous care that resulted in BEAUTIFUL smiles!!!

    Jen B
  • Dr. Kincer is the best. I am almost a year into my treatment and i have nothing but great things to say. He is so kind and his team is amazing. They are simply amazing and truly care for what their customers need and what their teeth need. I highly recommend Doctor Kincer to anyone looking for orthodontics.

    Jennie H
  • Excellent orthodontist. Invisalign was the best money I ever spent on myself. Dr. Kincer is meticulous, thorough, has attention to detail, and fixed my flared teeth. Everyone is always complimenting my smile. He is always timely, professional, and his support staff (Jennifer and Lynn) are really caring. He is able to shave down teeth to make them aesthetically fit my smile and proportions. Dr. Kincer and Lynn really make sure their patients are comfortable-- especially when it comes down to removing attachments for invisalign and IPR, when your teeth are already sensitive. I recommended him to my brother and little cousin for orthodontic work and for their retainers :)

    Kimberly T
  • After having my braces off for 12 years. I go in today to see my little sister get her braces off, and Dr. Kincer readjusted my Old retainers to fit again!! He is a great orthodontist!

    Brittany B
  • Our family has been using Dr. Kincer for the past 10 years. Our oldest daughter has had amazing transformations with her treatment and our second is shaping up to do the same. Couldn't ask for a better, more friendly place.

    Shannon R
  • This is our fifth year and second kid with Dr. Kincer. Love him and his staff! Would recommend them to anyone!

    Jill T
  • Both my kids have beautiful, straight teeth because of Dr. Kincer's work. He takes great care to work with every aspect of getting braces.


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