Interceptive orthodontic treatment — also known as early treatment or phase 1 orthodontics — addresses early childhood bite issues and helps keep tooth development on track.
Early treatment plans can involve braces, aligners, and other smile-guiding appliances. Your child’s bones and tissues are more flexible during their early years. This means that early treatment can intercept many problems before they become overwhelming.
Although many children do not need interceptive orthodontic treatment, visiting an orthodontist by your child’s seventh birthday will allow you to develop a relationship with a professional you trust.
Early orthodontic treatment may go a bit differently than receiving the same treatment later in life, so let’s learn more about interceptive orthodontics and how it can benefit your child’s smile as they grow.
There are a number of benefits to interceptive orthodontic treatment, such as:
Addresses potential jaw and teeth issues that could cause discomfort later in life
Guides permanent teeth to grow properly
Saves money when compared to more frequent and involved adult treatments
Lessens the likelihood of developing speech or jaw issues
As a pediatric patient at Clifton & Mauney, your child will freely benefit from Dr. Clifton’s proximity and ability to take a quick peak during standard dental appointments as they mature and questions arise.
Interceptive orthodontics can help your child with:
Crooked or crowded teeth
Bite problems such as overbites or underbites
Small dental arches
The premature loss of baby teeth
Genetic history of impacted teeth
Your child’s bones and tissues are more flexible during their early years. This means that we can intercept many problems before they become overwhelming.