Interceptive orthodontic treatment is orthodontic treatment in its earliest possible phases. It is recommended that children have their first orthodontic appointments at seven years of age, but have you seen a seven year old with metal braces? Most likely not! This is because interceptive treatment is the orthodontic treatment that begins at or around seven years of age and sets children up for less invasive orthodontic treatment later in their pre-teen or teenage years.
The benefits of early orthodontic treatment are endless, not the least of which are healthy smiles, lower future orthodontic bills and the comfort of knowing you are providing your child the best start possible to a beautiful smile they can enjoy throughout their life!
The Difference Between Interceptive And Regular Orthodontic Treatment
When you think of orthodontic treatment, you most likely envision the regular orthodontic treatment, with metal braces on a teenager or adult, appointments every six weeks to have the braces tightened, colored bands and the shiny, straight teeth that emerge after several months of treatment. Regular orthodontic treatment is the typical orthodontic treatment that occurs after childhood and is more intensive, time-consuming and expensive than interceptive orthodontic treatment.
Interceptive orthodontic treatment is an early, preventative treatment specifically used on children to identify potential jaw and tooth alignment issues and correct them before they take root and cause more serious issues later in the child’s life. Interceptive treatment can include jaw expansion to make room for adult teeth, correcting crossbites, overbites and underbites and removing baby teeth in order to make room for adult teeth to erupt without issue. All of these are helpful in mitigating the extent to which orthodontic treatment is necessary down the road.
Benefits of Interceptive Orthodontics