Interceptive orthodontics or early orthodontics may be recommended to correct certain dental malocclusions that develop early. Crossbites, narrow dental arches, issues created by habits such as thumb or pacifier use, overbites and underbites are some of the conditions that may benefit from interceptive orthodontics. In addition, early interceptive orthodontics may help avoid the removal of permanent teeth in the final phase of orthodontic treatment.
Parents should be aware that interceptive care is usually an early phase of full orthodontics that may be needed in the future. Interceptive care can help make further orthodontic care less involved requiring less treatment time. In some cases it could help avoid any further orthodontic care.
Some examples of interceptive orthodontics are expansion of the upper jaw to correct a crossbite, early removal of baby teeth to facilitate the proper eruption of the permanent teeth, maintaining space for permanent teeth after a premature loss of a baby tooth, and reducing protrusion of upper front teeth to decrease the likelihood of fracture from trauma.
Our doctor provides orthodontic treatment for adolescents and children depending on the severity of the malocclusion. In many cases our office will refer you to a qualified orthodontist who will work with us in caring for your child. We follow the guidelines established by the American Association of Orthodontists by recommending that an orthodontic evaluation take place at an appropriate age. This evaluation can help to determine the best time to begin any necessary treatment.
Many progressive treatments are now available for patients 7 to 11 years of age, which provide significant benefits, especially when jaw irregularities are present. These treatments may also prevent certain conditions from worsening. Treating children with these types of problems during their growth stages allows our practices to achieve results that may not be possible when face and jaw bones have fully developed. This early treatment can simplify or eliminate additional treatment for the child.
Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) has been approved as a tool in treating tooth decay. Our office utilizes this relatively new treatment modality when patient cooperation is limited. While SDF does not restore form and function to teeth as a traditional restoration would, it is used as an interim therapy and part of a comprehensive plan. As with any treatment modality, there are some negative side effects. We will be happy to discuss this treatment with you.
ICON Resin Infiltration is a minimally invasive restorative treatment for post orthodontic white spot lesions as well as other congenital hypo-calcified enamel lesions. This treatment requires little or no drilling and can remove white spot lesions (WSLs) for years. This is an extremely cost effective cosmetic procedure.