Interceptive Orthodontics

Interceptive orthodontic treatment is the process of diagnosing and treating malocclusions and skeletal disharmonies at an early age. If left untreated, misaligned or crooked teeth could lead to more serious dental problems over time. Our goal at Park Slope Dental Arts is to reduce the severity of a developing problem and give our younger patients better oral health. The American Academy of Orthodontics states that all children should have an orthodontic assessment before the age of seven. This is because certain problems can be best corrected at a young age. Modern dentists now have a more advanced technique to keep our younger patients permanent teeth with phased interceptive orthodontics.

Examples of this kind of orthodontic treatment may include correction of thumb and finger-sucking habits, correction of a crossbite, guiding permanent teeth into desired positions through tooth removal or tooth size adjustment, or gaining/holding space for permanent teeth. Interceptive orthodontic treatment can take place when patients have primary teeth or mixed dentition (baby and permanent teeth). A patient may require more than one phase of interceptive orthodontic treatment. Visit with the caring team at Park Slope Dental Arts today for more information about interceptive orthodontics.

Take Early Action to Ensure Straight Teeth

Waiting to have corrective orthodontics can lead to an array of oral health problems. Visiting with your family dentist today can help provide a solution for children who have alignment issues early on. Especially if the jaw function is compromised, the doctors at Park Slope Dental Arts aim to identify and correct the problem. This can insure your child is ready to receive their permanent teeth by preparing for the room they need to grow. Furthermore, the need for continued orthodontics can be eliminated once all adult teeth are in. If you are concerned that your child may have alignment or space issues, contact Park Slope Dental Arts today for help.

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