What is interceptive orthodontics?
Interceptive Orthodontics is a phased type of orthodontics. Growth is utilised to correct developmental occlusion problems. Staging the treatment can correct immediate and future issues. Interceptive orthodontics diagnoses and treats malocclusions as soon as they are detected. They are generally used on children between 7-11 years of age.
Does my child need interceptive orthodontics?
You may know just by looking at your child that their teeth are going to need braces in the future, but only a dentist or orthodontist can tell you for certain whether your child needs interceptive orthodontics. Children with open bites, deep bites, crossbites, overbites, crowding, missing teeth, spacing issues, or teeth that erupt in the incorrect place can all be candidates for childhood treatment.
If you suspect that your child needs interceptive orthodontics, you should schedule an appointment with a dentist for a proper assessment.
The benefits of interceptive orthodontics.
- Corrects facial asymmetry by directing jaw growth
- Shifts protruding teeth into place to minimise the risk of trauma
- Makes future treatment, if necessary, quicker, more affordable and easier
- Helps avoid the need for extractions or surgery
- Makes space for the grown-up teeth to come in straight
- Helps with crowding to prevent permanent teeth from getting impacted or erupting at the wrong angles
- Alleviates problems with chewing and speaking
- Boosts kids’ confidence and self-esteem
- Helps create a beautiful smile