Utilizing Interceptive Orthodontics is easy, and more importantly, very safe. Using the appropriate materials and appliances, dentists can drastically improve young patients' oral health and quality of life as they mature into adulthood
Dentists value lifetime, preventative care for both adults and children. Many people hold off on orthodontic treatment for their children until they're older. However, correcting orthodontic issues using Interceptive Orthodontics while your children are younger (3 to 13 years old) has been proven to stop the onset of more complex orthodontic problems later on.
Using Interceptive Orthodontics, dentists are able to help guide the proper development of teeth and spacing. By creating the necessary amount of room for teeth early on, the cost and time needed for orthodontics later in life can be greatly reduced or completely avoided in some cases.
Interceptive Orthodontics represents the first phase of malocclusion treatment, laying the groundwork for proper spacing and jaw bone growth, in addition to utilizing appliances to counteract bad habits such as thumb sucking. To have a smile that's great for life, children need properly aligned teeth and jaws - in other words, a healthy bite. Why is this important? Because properly developed jaws can effect:
By starting early, patients receiving Interceptive Orthodontics will typically have clearer airways and better facial balance as an adult. With improved airway development resulting in proper sleep, an ideal height and growth curve can be maintained through childhood. Being behind the curve on growth and development can increase risk for developing systemic diseases.
In addition, improper airway development can lead to obesity, which can lead to diabetes and other health issues. Dentists look at young patients and think about what their lives will be like at age 76, and what can be done now to help them develop the best way possible.
It pays to start treatment when you have the greatest chance for success. Make sure your child receives an orthodontic check-up no later than age seven. If your child is older than seven, it's certainly not too late for a check-up. Regardless of your child's current age, don't wait any longer.
Interceptive Orthodontics helps prevent future and possibly costly orthodontic problems for children. These problems can result from any number of causes including:
No matter what causes orthodontic problems, there are solutions. Early treatment may prevent or intercept more serious problems from developing and make future treatment shorter and less complicated. In some cases, dentists can achieve results that may not be possible once your child is older and their face and jaws have finished growing.
Orthodontists estimate that roughly 45 percent of children need orthodontics to correct functional problems such as a misaligned bite, but up to 75 percent of kids could benefit from having straighter teeth. Receiving necessary orthodontic treatment early on can help prevent the need for orthodontics as an adult and leaves little to no chance of extraction or surgery in the future.