• What You Need to Know About Phase I Treatment for Your Kiddo

    • May 20, 2019
    • 2 min read
    • Kiddo

    We sometimes hear, “why does my child need to go through two rounds of orthodontic treatment if they can just get braces when they’re a teen?” Phase One is a term used to describe orthodontic treatment for children 7-10 years old. “The goal of Phase One treatment is to help your kiddo’s mouth grow in harmony with the rest of their face,” says Dr. Arruda. If your child is recommended Phase One treatment at their consultation or in the future, they’ll automatically become a member of our Kids Club!

    We want to help move that growth along so it’ll be easier down the road when we’re correcting less serious malocclusions. Here are some examples of what we look for:

    • Open bites
    • Deep bites
    • Cross bites
    • Overjet
    • Crowding
    • Spacing
    • Teeth that aren’t emerging correctly
    • Missing teeth

    “We use a variety of orthodontic appliances like a rapid palatal expanders or tongue spurs to correct the bad habits or imbalances that cause these malocclusions,” Dr. Arruda says. Once these bad habits are corrected, the child will then be monitored as they grow into their teen years. Depending on the case, Phase Two treatment may or may not be necessary. Essentially, Phase Two treatment helps put the finishing touches on Phase One work and addresses any bite issues that could not be corrected during Phase One. If Dr. Arruda recommends Phase Two treatment, she’ll focus on continuing to guide permanent teeth into their ideal positions, optimize facial appearance, and correct any remaining bite issues.

    Phase Two treatment typically starts at age 12 or 13. If your child is 10 or 11, Dr. Arruda’s treatment recommendation will depend on many factors. The most proactive thing you can do is to bring your kiddo in for a complimentary consultation, and Dr. Arruda can discuss the best route for your child.

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Meet Your Team: Nick

With so much growth over the last few years, we knew we would need more hands on deck to organize our patient’s ortho treatments. Which is why we’re excited to introduce Nick, our Scheduling Coordinator and newest addition to the team!

Whether it’s setting up patient appointments or staff meetings, Nick handles all things scheduling. He weighs out the length of time a procedure will take to perform and coordinates that with the open clinic chairs, assigned staff, prescribed time in between appointments, and your availability, of course.

During his free time, Nick enjoys creating elaborate meals and hosting festive dinner parties. As a long-time culinary devotee, he’s the go-to expert for the latest and greatest spots to eat around town. But after a long day in the kitchen or office, he enjoys kicking back at home with his husband and Morgan, their senior Labrador pup.

Before joining West Loop Ortho, Nick was a salon manager at some of the top hair salons in Chicago. He began styling hair in his home state of North Carolina at the age of 19 because he loved helping others look and feel their best. But after knowing the ins-and-outs of the hair industry far too well, he decided to pursue his interest in healthcare administration.

Nick brings such a fun energy with his quick witted comebacks and musings, all while maintaining a ship-shape front office. Although career changes are never easy, we’re really glad he chose that route since it’s been amazing having him on the team.

Here’s How We’re Staying Safe

As you’ve probably heard from every news outlet, we’ve been experiencing a shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE, such as masks and gloves) across the nation. We’ve been working to secure our PPE supply since March and have been extremely fortunate to attain the appropriate masks, face shields, garments, gloves, and more, to protect ourselves and the wellbeing of our patients.

In other words, this is our new getup:

Even with our newly increased coverage, we’re still scrubbing down, sanitizing, and switching between our gear as per the CDC and American Dental Association dental practice guidelines during the pandemic.

But, that’s not all. There’s been a little re-decorating done around the office:

And our staff has made some changes to their everyday routines, such as recording their temperature, checking for symptoms, maintaining a separate change of clothes for the clinic, and washing their hands immediately upon arrival.

We’ve been spreading word of our new office visit protocol through emails and social media. But, in case you missed it…

Here is what you should expect during your next visit:



If you’re currently receiving treatment and haven’t been scheduled for an appointment you missed during our closure, please reach out to us at info@wlortho.com or give us a call at 872.222.9567

With all that said, we’ve missed our patients and can’t wait to see how everyone’s smile has progressed during this time. Hope to (safely) see everybody soon!

Our New Safety Protocol

Wearing a mask is a given, but many locations have additional safety measures in place that are necessary to meet their establishment’s needs. Before coming in for your appointment, take a minute to check out the new safety protocol at the West Loop Ortho office:


Once you arrive, check-in to our virtual waiting room here:


(passcode: 312)



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