As your children grow, their jaw will also transform and develop its permanent shape. In the past, orthodontic treatment was provided once the permanent teeth had grown in. However, with interceptive orthodontics, dental malocclusion can be treated at early age.
Interceptive orthodontics is often done in phases due to the growth of your child’s teeth and the development of the jawbone. During phase one, treatment is administered while there are still primary teeth present in the mouth. In phase 2, all permanent teeth must be in place in order for progress to be achieved. These phases shorten treatment duration significantly, as most of the major corrections are performed during phase 1.
Thumb or finger sucking may not seem like a big deal, but it can harm your child’s smile and cause dental issues that must be corrected with orthodontic treatment. Using a pacifier could also result in changes in the teeth, such as:
Interceptive orthodontics help to correct orthodontic issues as early as possible. This type of orthodontic treatment plan could benefit your child’s oral health in several ways, making their permanent teeth grow in more comfortably and with fewer problems. Some additional benefits of interceptive orthodontics include: