While teeth are still developing is the best time to predict probable dental issues and provide treatment intervention. Early interceptive orthodontics can be used to redirect the growth of the jaw, naturally correcting developmental occlusion problems. The American Academy of Orthodontics suggests all children should have an orthodontic assessment no later than the age of seven.
In interceptive orthodontics, children are treated at much earlier ages (usually between age 7-11 years old) to take advantage of continuing growth. Patients at this age tend to be more receptive to, and compliant with treatment. Interceptive orthodontics allows for fewer teeth to be extracted and also allows for better end results.
CASE STUDY (MIXED DENTITION) Interceptive
A 7 year old girl had severe spacing and an extreme openbite. Her parents had concerns and did not want to wait for treatment. The 'After' shot (above, right) shows the patient at age 10. This result was achieved before the patient was at an age when traditional orthodontic treatment with braces and/or extractions is generally suggested. Treatment was completed with Trainer™ and Myobrace® system appliances only.
* Information from the Myofunctional Research Co.
What Are the Benefits of Early Orthodontic Evaluation?
Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. It also guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later.
Why is Age 7 Considered the Optimal Time for Screening?
By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, we can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding or gummy smiles.
What Are the Advantages of Interceptive Treatment?
- Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
- Creating facial symmetry by influencing jaw growth
- Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
- Reducing the need for tooth removal
- Reducing or eliminating treatment time with braces
Are You a Candidate for Orthodontic Treatment?
Orthodontics is not merely for improving the aesthetics of your smile, it can also address bad bites (malocclusions) and improve your oral function. Malocclusions occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment. Malocclusions can affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth and even how feel about your smile.
Why Should Malocclusions be Treated?
Untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of problems. Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping. Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear. Open bites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments. Ultimately, straight teeth can do more than make your smile pretty. Orthodontics can help you maintain healthy teeth, and better overall health throughout your life. .
At Daniel Tebbi, DMD we have options for patients in every stage of their orthodontic care. Call our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Tebby to discuss your options for orthodontic care.