What is Interceptive Orthodontics?
Do your child’s baby teeth show signs of misalignment or malocclusion? You can already take steps to prevent these problems with interceptive orthodontics, also called early orthodontics, which not only helps your child get beautiful teeth, but also promotes proper jaw growth and good oral health.
If you notice anything abnormal with the positioning of your child’s teeth, you should seek the advice of your dentist. A misalignment problem can lead to tooth wear and gum problems. Children who suck their thumbs also often have misaligned teeth or jaws.
When the jaws don’t match up properly, tooth wear or chewing and speech problems can occur. If you notice anything abnormal with your child’s pronunciation or the way they chew, or if your child mostly breathes through their mouth, they may need orthodontic treatment. Misaligned teeth or gaping teeth are also reasons to consult your dentist.
Interceptive orthodontics is typically used for children aged 6 to 11. After that, traditional orthodontics is used. The treatment generally lasts between 6 and 18 months and offers several benefits with respect to functional balance and oral health. It also helps provide enough space for future teeth to grow properly.
Early intervention can greatly simplify and shorten future orthodontic treatments. In some cases, it can even eliminate the need for any further treatment! It can also help avoid several types of complications, including surgery and tooth extraction.
Does your child require orthodontic treatment? Centre Dentaire Dre Nathalie Kadoch can create an effective intervention plan as well as look after their oral health. Book their next exam!