Early Orthodontic Treatment (Phase I/Phase II)

Early Orthodontic TreatmentThe goal of early orthodontic treatment is to correct existing or developing skeletal, dental, and muscular imbalances to improve the environment before the eruption of the permanent dentition is complete. In theory, the need for complex treatment involving extraction or surgery is minimized.

Usually the best time for orthodontic treatment is during the growth spurt, which in females is between 10-10.5 years of age, and in males between 11-11.5 years of age. With all the hormonal changes during this stage of development we can efficiently move teeth and use our orthodontic mechanics to help guide growth.

The American Association of Orthodontics recommends all children be seen for orthodontic evaluation by age 7. Our office tends to be more conservative in application of early treatment. We will intervene if there is some type of underlying skeletal problem. This can include palatal expansion, space maintenance, selective extractions, and functional appliances such as Herbst appliances.

Usually the duration of Phase I / Phase II treatment is very limited. Phase I should last no longer than 6-12 months. We will then watch your child grow up until they are ready for comprehensive orthodontic treatment.

Sometimes Phase I treatment can make Phase II treatment easier, reduce the need for extractions, and in some cases eliminate the need for surgery.


Paul G.(Periodontal patient)
Jun 29, 2014


Excellent! Top notch! I have been seeing Cindy for over 20 years and love her care and concern for my health. Thanks to Dr. Engen & Cindy the hygienist I still have my teeth!

Pam L. (Periodontal patient)
Jun 29, 2014


Due to the severity of my dental needs, my regular dentist referred me to Dr. Engen’s office. Being referred to a periodontal specialist is not something I would wish upon anyone, and it was difficult going to another dentist. However, from the minute I entered their office I was greeted by professional, friendly staff members who acknowledged me with a warm smile and a pleasant, cheerful welcome. The doctors and hygienists demonstrated a high level of expertise and technical competency by effectively communicating the options available to address my dental needs. Each and every staff member I encountered, from the receptionist, to the doctors are extremely dedicated to creating a long term relationship with each one of their patients, including taking the time to educate each patient about oral hygiene. The staff at your office works harmoniously, cooperatively and effectively as a team to make your time with them as productive as possible. I would highly recommend this office to anyone seeking resolution to any dental issues and be assured you will be pleasantly surprised with your time with them.