Early/Interceptive Orthodontic Treatment in Chapel Hill

The American Association of Orthodontists says the best time to take your child to the orthodontist is no later than the age of seven. Seeing an orthodontist at an early age can ensure proper treatments are done at the correct time in your child’s development.

If you’re in the Chapel Hill area and think your child may require interceptive treatment, contact Clifton & Mauney Orthodontics to request an appointment.

What is Interceptive Orthodontics?

Interceptive orthodontic treatment — also known as early treatment or phase 1 orthodontics — is a type of orthodontic treatment that addresses early childhood bite issues and helps guide the development of your child’s teeth and jaw. 

Early orthodontic treatment may involve braces, aligners, and other appliances to help guide your child’s smile. These appliances help your orthodontist keep your child’s teeth developing on the right track. 

Many children do not need interceptive orthodontic treatment. However, visiting an orthodontist by your child’s seventh birthday allows you to develop a relationship with a professional you trust. That way, when your child is ready for orthodontic treatment, you will already have a working relationship with an orthodontist. 

The Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatment

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

Yearly check-ins with an orthodontist will help you keep ahead of any unexpected concerns with your child’s development. 

Starting your child’s treatment at Clifton and Mauney gives you the dual opportunities to keep an eye out for orthodontic issues while enjoying premium pediatric dental care.

Common Problems that Call for Early Orthodontic Treatment

Interceptive orthodontics can help your child with:  

Crooked or crowded teeth

A diagram of teeth and gums with an overbite.

Bite problems such as overbites or underbites

Small dental arches

The premature loss of baby teeth

Jaw irregularities

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 too much. We will work with you to help find the best plan forward for your little one. 

Are Phase 1 Orthodontics Right for Your Child?

Not all children require interceptive orthodontic treatment. Since each patient’s jaw and teeth develop in unique ways, you should only trust an expert to help you give your child the gift of a natural, comfortable smile. 

The only way to determine if phase 1 orthodontics makes sense for your child is to consult a qualified professional. 

To learn more about if phase 1 orthodontics is right for your child, call Clifton & Mauney Orthodontics in Chapel Hill at 919-933-1007 or schedule an appointment online.