Interceptive orthodontics is a phased type oforthodontics which is the practice of extracting malocclusions once they are detected in an attempt to avoid adult malocclusion. Tooth growth is used to address developmental occlusion problems.
Orthodontic Treatment Timing
Our doctor provides orthodontic treatment for adolescents and children depending on the severity of the malocclusion. In many cases our office will refer you to a qualified orthodontist who will work with us in caring for your child. We follow the guidelines established by the American Association of Orthodontists by recommending that an orthodontic evaluation take place at an appropriate age. This evaluation can help to determine the best time to begin any necessary treatment.
Many progressive treatments are now available for patients 7 to 11 years of age, which provide significant benefits, especially when jaw irregularities are present. These treatments may also prevent certain conditions from worsening. Treating children with these types of problems during their growth stages allows our practices to achieve results that may not be possible when face and jaw bones have fully developed. This early treatment can simplify or eliminate additional treatment for the child
Interceptive orthodontics or early orthodontics may be recommended to correct certain dental malocclusions that develop early. Crossbites, narrow dental arches, issues created by habits such as thumb or pacifier use, overbites and underbites are some of the conditions that may benefit from interceptive orthodontics. In addition, early interceptive orthodontics may help avoid the removal of permanent teeth in the final phase of orthodontic treatment.
Parents should be aware that interceptive care is usually an early phase of full orthodontics that may be needed in the future. Interceptive care can help make further orthodontic care less involved requiring less treatment time. In some cases it could help avoid any further orthodontic care.
Some examples of interceptive orthodontics are expansion of the upper jaw to correct a crossbite, early removal of baby teeth to facilitate the proper eruption of the permanent teeth, maintaining space for permanent teeth after a premature loss of a baby tooth, and reducing protrusion of upper front teeth to decrease the likehood of fracture from trauma