Certain habits such as thumb sucking and even genetics can cause orthodontic problems such as overbites, underbites, cross bites, a deep bite, a narrow arch or teeth crowding. Orthodontic treatment typically begins when children have their adult teeth and have orthodontic problems. However, interceptive orthodontics, also known as early orthodontics, is orthodontic treatment that begins before their permanent teeth erupt. Interceptive (early) orthodontics involves providing orthodontic treatment at the first sign that problems may be developing and cause problems later in life. Our West Carson orthodontist will recommend that interceptive orthodontics be performed before a child has their adult teeth. Starting orthodontic treatment before your child’s permanent teeth come in helps to prevent developmental problems from occurring later on.
Phase I orthodontic treatment (Interceptive Orthodontics) begins when the child’s jawbone is still growing because it enables easier manipulation of these bones. The growth pattern of the jaws can be manipulated and repositioned in order to allow room for new teeth to erupt properly and to correct the jaw. The majority of patients who receive interceptive orthodontics will also require phase II orthodontic treatment (placement of braces etc.). When your child receives Phase 1 (interceptive orthodontics) you could potentially save him or her from pain and lifelong occlusion or jaw problems. Phase 2 orthodontics should be shorter and less extensive because of the earlier treatment your child received. In order to determine if interceptive orthodontic treatment is appropriate for your child, we highly recommend that you make an appointment with one of our West Carson orthodontist at Children’s Dental Group.
It is generally recommended that your child be evaluated by an orthodontist as early as age 7 in order to ensure proper oral health and growth. Make an appointment with one of our expert West Carson orthodontist at Children’s Dental Group today for a free evaluation for your child. Our doctors will discuss with you what they feel the best course of action would be in order to help your child.