It is important to remember that when Phase 1 is initiated, most children still have permanent teeth that have not yet erupted. The goal of the Resting Period is to allow the child’s remaining permanent teeth to emerge. If Phase 1 is successful, these teeth will have room to come in without needing to crowd, displace, or impact other teeth. Retaining devices are not typically used during this phase because they could interfere with tooth eruption.
Typically, periodic checkups are prescribed during the Resting Period so that the orthodontist can monitor the child’s progress and adjust treatment if needed. Selective removal of specific primary teeth (baby teeth) may be prescribed if it appears they are blocking the successful eruption of permanent teeth.