Early or Interceptive treatment is indicated when your child has a mixture of adult and baby teeth if it is felt that treatment at this stage will avoid future treatment or make future treatment less demanding.
Simple movements can be carried out with removable appliances or partial fixed braces depending on the situation. Invisalign can also be an option.
Treatment duration is usually short (up to six months).
Interceptive treatment is offered in limited cases as often treatment is better carried out once all baby teeth have been shed and avoids children having orthodontic treatment twice.
How will early prevention benefit my child?
Orthodontics procedure for adults can involve extractions or oral surgery and the duration of the treatment is longer. Receiving early treatment prevents the need for treatment as an adult and in most cases leaves little or no chance for surgery or extractions.
The following problems can be tackled early or even resolved:
- Crowding of teeth
- Thumb-sucking habits
- Protruding teeth
- Jaw problems
Are there any benefits of early assessment and interceptive treatment?
- Eliminate harmful habits such as thumb-sucking
- Improve self-esteem
- Guiding permanent teeth into desirable positions
- Reducing the likelihood of future orthodontic treatment
- Improve or eliminate speech impediments
- Reduce likelihood of protruding teeth (the top teeth and the bottom teeth extend away from each other)