Interceptive orthodontics is a term used to refer to the early intervention of pediatric dental problems such as crowding and asymmetric jaw growth. Many times, these issues can be noticed at a young age, which allows you, the parent, to more adequately prepare for what is ahead. Early evaluation and treatment may involve placing orthodontic appliances to maintain space, stimulate jaw growth, or correct the bite (sometimes all three can be done at once!) If possible, our goal is to prevent orthodontics for your child, or at the very least, minimize the extent of braces. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. Interceptive treatment is an integral part of our pediatric practice, and all of our doctors have additional training in this area. We will make recommendations based on your child's age and dental development, and will be happy to answer any detailed questions you may have pertaining to this topic.
What are the advantages of interceptive treatment?
Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment include:
- Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
- Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
- Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
- Preserving space for unerupted teeth
- Reducing the need for tooth removal
- Reducing treatment time with braces