Phase 1 Interceptive Treatment
Recognizing that there is an orthodontic problem at an early age does not always result in the need for early treatment. Treatment is initiated based on selecting the optimum time to treat any particular problem. Some issues are best addressed during adolescence. On the other hand, there are problems that lend themselves to early intervention, known as Interceptive Treatment. By taking advantage of the facial growth and tooth eruption, the orthodontist can lessen a problem’s severity and make any treatment at a later age easier and less time consuming. Interceptive Treatment can be particularly effective in avoiding fracture or loss of protruding teeth, ensuring proper jaw alignment, eliminating adverse habits, correcting crossbite and other problems.
Early Interceptive Treatment can prevent the need for extractions of permanent teeth to correct overcrowding. Such treatment can also prevent surgical procedures that are sometimes needed to align the upper and lower jaws. Although there are numerous advantages to an early diagnosis and treatment, orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age.
With advances in technology, many Interceptive Treatment cases can be done with Invisalign, which has a special product for younger children called “Invisalign First”. Traditional appliances are also still used for parents who want an option that is not removable.
Here is a list of some common teeth alignment problems to look for in your child:
- Excessive spacing
- Open Bite
- Crossbite(Front or Back Teeth)
- Overjet (Protrusion)
- Abnormal Eruption
If you notice that your child has any of these issues above, call us for a free consultation. All children should be evaluated by the age of 7, even if you do not notice these issues. Many do not need treatment at that age, but an evaluation can also identify future issues that may arise. Call us today at 804-746-0918 or request an appointment online to schedule your consultation.