Interceptive Orthodontic Treatment: An Early Solution for Long-Term Dental Health

Interceptive Orthodontic Treatment: An Early Solution for Long-Term Dental Health

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Have you ever wondered why some children seem to have perfectly aligned teeth while others require extensive orthodontic treatment to correct their dental issues? While some may be born that way, most likely, it’s because of interceptive orthodontic treatment.

Interceptive orthodontic treatment is a type of treatment that works to correct orthodontic problems early on in a child’s development. Think of issues like overcrowding, overbites, and even spacing issues.

Also known as early treatment, the different methods employed have become increasingly popular in recent years due to their ability to address dental issues in children between the ages of 7 and 11.

In this article, we will explore the benefits of interceptive orthodontic treatment and why it is essential to consider this option for your child’s dental health.

What is Interceptive Orthodontics?

When it comes to dental health, prevention is always better than cure.

Typically, children between 7 and 11 are the best candidates for this treatment.

The stage of oral development allows for tooth and jaw growth to be gently guided into proper alignment and spacing. This is why interceptive orthodontic treatment is increasingly popular.

This treatment addresses dental issues before they become more severe, providing long-term benefits and potentially avoiding costly invasive treatments later.

How do I know if my child needs interceptive orthodontic treatments?

Interceptive orthodontic treatments may be needed if your dentist finds the following issues during your child’s dental visit.

  • Teeth crowding
  • Overbites and underbites
  • Crossbite
  • Jaw irregularities
  • Narrow dental arches
  • Early loss of primary teeth with the drift of adult teeth
  • Family history of impacted teeth
  • Protruding teeth

Some advantages of interceptive orthodontic treatment

  • Prevents more severe dental issues from developing later on.
  • Reduces the need for more invasive procedures such as tooth extractions or surgery.
  • Improves facial symmetry and a more balanced smile.
  • Shortens the length of treatment, reducing the risk of discomfort and inconvenience for the patient and their family.
  • Guides teeth into the correct position, making it easier to complete more complex treatments if needed, such as braces or clear aligners later on.
  • Helps children develop proper oral habits, leading to better long-term dental health.
  • Boosts self-esteem and confidence by improving the appearance of teeth and smile.

One of the main benefits of interceptive orthodontic treatment is in its name: Interceptive. The treatment intercepts any improper movement of teeth or jaw development. The tools employed serve as guard rails for proper growth in the oral development process.

Another advantage of interceptive orthodontic treatment is that it can help to reduce the length and cost of treatment in the long run.

By addressing dental issues early, orthodontists can guide teeth into the correct position, saving everyone time, money, and health.

What are the types of interceptive orthodontic treatments?

Several different types of interceptive orthodontic treatments are available, depending on the nature and severity of the dental issue.


These small plastic or metal devices are inserted between teeth to create space, allowing teeth to move into the correct position more easily.


These devices are attached to the roof of the mouth and are used to widen the upper jaw, allowing more room for teeth to grow and reducing the risk of overcrowding.


This device is worn outside the mouth and used to guide the growth of the jaw and teeth, reducing the risk of overbites and underbites.

Braces or Clear Aligners

These are used to straighten teeth and correct any remaining dental issues.

The bottom line

Interceptive orthodontic treatment is a highly effective way to address dental issues early and prevent more complex and expensive treatments.

By guiding teeth into the correct position at a young age, orthodontists can improve dental health, facial symmetry, and overall quality of life.

If you’re considering interception orthodontic treatments for your child, speak to Dr. Barbara Fodero today to learn about these options. Dr. Fodero can evaluate your child’s dental development and recommend the best course of treatment.

Call us today to learn more about interceptive orthodontic treatment.

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