Early treatment

What is interceptive orthodontics?

Interceptive orthodontics is used to help correct abnormal bite patterns and improve results once the adult teeth emerge. The endgame of early treatment is to get a handle on small problems before they become too big.

Early treatment uses a variety of appliances like retainers, expanders, or partial braces. Procedures for Phase 1 treatment shape and contour the dental arch, creating a better foundation for adult tooth development.

Most children will not need Phase 1 treatment. Those who do will not need to start their Phase 2 for a few years after completing Phase 1. While they are in between Phases, we will regularly monitor their development and make sure they are on the right track.

Reasons for interceptive orthodontics

There are many reasons why your orthodontist may recommend Phase 1 treatment. During your child’s developing years, their mouth is at its most flexible. Most children do not need Phase 1 treatment. But for those that do, it can help offset the extent of future orthodontic work.

If recommended, early treatment can help address these issues:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Underbites and overbites
  • Uneven jaws
  • Tapered dental arches
  • Premature loss of baby teeth
  • Genetic predisposition to impacted teeth

The best way to know if your child needs any intervention is to schedule a complimentary consultation.

Benefits of early orthodontic treatment

Many parents are worried about starting early treatment. It’s only natural to be concerned about your little one’s comfort.

The benefits include:

  • Better jaw and tooth development
  • An improved starting point for mature tooth eruption
  • Decreased risk of jawbone, tooth, or gum injury
  • Reducing the likelihood of costly procedures
  • Keeping room for unerupted teeth
  • Increasing the palate for the back molars

The simple truth is that there are many reasons why your child will benefit from early treatment. Schedule a consultation to learn more.

Every child has unique needs during their growing years. At Hess Orthodontics, we want to set your child up for a lifetime of natural smiles.