Interceptive Orthodontics Reduces Treatment Time with Braces
The standard work that orthodontists do usually involves moving teeth through the use of braces and aligners into better positions in the mouth. Interceptive orthodontics uses a wider variety of techniques to help influence and guide the development and growth of the teeth and jaw. This can not only improve function and appearance, it reduces treatment time with braces.
Treatment with interceptive orthodontics is best achieved prior to a child reaching puberty (ages 10-14) because at that time, growth begins to slow and stop. It is not likely to help adults. When performed at the right time, interceptive orthodontics provides results that would be difficult to impossible to achieve at an older age without more complex or invasive methods like jaw surgery or tooth extraction. Early intervention can greatly improve the success, or lessen the severity, of any orthodontic treatment your child may need in the future.
To reduce treatment time with braces, the American Association of Orthodontists and other medical organizations recommend that all children undergo orthodontic screening at the age of seven, when permanent teeth are beginning to erupt.
You don’t need to put your child’s permanent teeth at risk when a simple examination can determine if interceptive orthodontics can help. If you’d like to schedule your child for a screening, please contact the Sleep & Airway Group.