Orthodontic work is necessary to provide patients of all ages a functional and aesthetically pleasing smile, and it is a universal rule that the earlier an individual receives orthodontic treatment, the more effective the treatment will be. We recommend that all of our patients allow their children to benefit from interceptive orthodontics to ensure that their teeth grow in evenly and healthfully. In the following video, Dr. Steven J. Hietanen explains interceptive orthodontics, what age is best to get started, and how it can benefit you.
What Is Interceptive Orthodontics?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that patients be seen by age seven. This is because patients seen at an early age benefit most from treatment. This is because it enables the orthodontist to incorporate interceptive principles into their treatment. Interceptive orthodontics focuses on recognizing problems in a patient’s mouth early on and subsequently correcting the contributing condition. This thereby leads to a better functional relationship between the upper and lower jaw. These functional relationships in turn work to promote favorable growth. When referring to an interceptive orthodontic treatment, we are speaking about working on things that occur early in a patient’s childhood development. We then try to adjust them in the hope that the patient will require less orthodontic treatment later.
We encourage parents to keep an eye out for certain issues such as crowded or misplaced teeth, difficulty chewing or biting, mouth breathing, thumb sucking, or popping jaws. If you notice these issues, it is likely that your child needs to see an orthodontist.
If you or a loved one has questions about interceptive orthodontics and how it may benefit you, contact our office to schedule a free screening for your child. At Orthodontists Associates of Western New York, our reputation as a leader in orthodontic care is based on one thing, making a healthy and beautiful smile.