Many people think of orthodontics as something that is only for teenagers. But, did you know that your pediatric dentist can spot problems with your child’s bite early on? Sometimes, these problems can be prevented or reduced by early treatment.
Interceptive orthodontists are treatments for children who have primary (“baby”) teeth. Some bite problems can only be addressed after all permanent teeth have been removed. Others should be treated immediately. With the goal to eliminate or reduce the severity of bite issues, early orthodontic treatments can be used to stop any abnormal growth and to guide the dental and skeletal development in the correct direction.
There are many types of interceptive orthodontic treatments. One example is that a pediatric dentist could recommend one of these:
Possibly, yes. Parents should understand that interceptive treatments are not a substitute for future braces. Interceptive orthodontics can be used to reduce future orthodontic treatment such as extraction of permanent or orthognathic surgeries (corrective Jaw Surgery). The second phase of treatment is recommended for children whose permanent teeth have erupted. This will ensure that those teeth are properly aligned. Sometimes, interceptive orthodontics is referred to as “Phase 1” because they can be used in place of traditional orthodontic treatment.
Yes, pediatric dentists are qualified to diagnose and provide preventive treatment for children with bite problems. We assess the development of your child’s jaw and teeth throughout their childhood. If we see any abnormal growth and believe early orthodontic treatments might help prevent or minimize severe bite issues, we will talk with you about your options. If we feel that interceptive orthodontic treatments will not be beneficial, we will refer the child to an orthodontist.