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.