Interceptive Orthodontics – Early Phase Braces

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What is interceptive orthodontic treatment?

For some children, interceptive orthodontics, also known as “early orthodontic treatment” can be very beneficial. In these children, serious malocclusions (bite problems) have presented, and by treating them as they occur with early phase braces, retainers, and other devices, we are able to help the child avoid bigger challenges down the road.

Young Mouths form Better Smiles

Because the young mouth includes both permanent and baby teeth, and because the jawbone is still soft, treatment at an earlier age is recommended for some types of overcrowding and skeletal problems.

What are the Benefits of Interceptive Orthodontics?

Children should first be screened for orthodontic issues at age 7. Not every child is in need of (or is a good candidate for) early phase braces, however, a few can benefit greatly from the practice. Please see below a few advantages of Interceptive Orthodontics:

  • Reduces treatment time in the teen years
  • Reduces the need for extractions
  • Creates facial symmetry
  • Improves self-esteem
  • Allows space for permanent teeth
  • Expands the palate to a proper size
  • Guides jawbone growth

Frequently asked Interceptive Orthodontics Questions in Plano TX

Interceptive orthodontics is a ground-breaking early intervention that provides extra help to at least 20% of children needing orthodontic treatment. Interceptive treatment has proven to significantly improve facial symmetry, tooth, and jaw development, and, as a result, over all self-confidence.

What is the difference between interceptive orthodontics and regular orthodontics?

Interceptive orthodontics work with the body’s natural growth processes. Like regular orthodontics, the goal is to improve your oral function and appearance, but since interceptive orthodontics use a variety of techniques to influence the growth and development of your teeth and jaw, the treatment is most effective if done before the onset of puberty while regular orthodontics can be done at any age.

What are the advantages of early treatment with interceptive orthodontics?

Early treatment, meaning interceptive orthodontics before the jaw has finished growing, allows for results that are near impossible to achieve at an older age without more invasive, complicated procedures, such as jaw surgery or teeth extractions. In fact, we recommend, along with the American Association of Orthodontists, that all kids come in for orthodontic screenings beginning at age 7.

What are some common issues that can be treated with interceptive orthodontics?

We use palatal expanders to create more room in an overcrowded jaw as opposed to the more invasive approach of extracting teeth. We also use some of our appliances to treat serious malocclusions (bad bites). They promote or restrict jaw growth when the top and bottom jaws do not develop at the same rate.

How long does interceptive orthodontic treatment take?

The length of a treatment depends on what needs to be done. Your child may need to wear a palatal expander or other appliance for 6-12 months and then a retainer. We may place a space maintainer that needs to stay put for a period of months, holding place for permanent teeth to come in. Once your child’s jaw has stopped growing, there is no longer a need for interceptive orthodontic treatment.

Will braces still be needed after interceptive treatment?

It is quite common to follow interceptive treatment with regular braces. The good news is that interceptive orthodontics often shortens the period of time that braces need to be worn.

If you have questions about your child’s smile, bite or teeth positioning, please do not hesitate to call us at Plano Office Phone Number 972-820-2022.

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