Interceptive Orthodontics

Interceptive orthodontics is a technique of diagnosing and treating malocclusions as soon as they are detected. All children should have an orthodontic assessment no later than the age of seven. In the past, orthodontic treatment did not begin until around age 12-14. By this age, all the permanent teeth are already erupted or very close to it. It was a common practice with the dentists to remove permanent teeth to correct the bite and allow for space for the final phase of tooth movement.

As per the advanced orthodontic technology, orthodontists now advocate a way to keep permanent teeth, with phased interceptive orthodontics. In this orthodontic treatment, children are treated at much earlier ages (usually between age 7-11 years old) to take advantage of continuing growth. Interceptive orthodontics allows for fewer teeth to be extracted and also has better results.

In some cases, the growth modification device helps to better the position of the jaw. While braces slowly move the teeth to correct the overbite as well as the jaw. Retainers help to keep the teeth in place after the removal of braces.

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