Why Does My Child Need Interceptive Orthodontics?
Parents and patients need to understand that when interceptive orthodontics is performed there is usually more than one phase of treatment. Phase two will begin when all the permanent teeth are in place. Going through phases allows for the second phase to be shorter in duration since the major corrections happened in the interceptive orthodontics phase. Sometimes interceptive orthodontics are needed to correct problems related to skeletal development, and sometimes it is needed as a direct result of oral habits.
Correction of Thumb Sucking and Pacifier Habits.
Persistent thumb sucking, and extended use of a pacifier effect the development of the mouth. Thumb sucking and pacifier use after the age of three could result in:
- A reshaped jawbone given its soft and pliable nature
- Mis-aligned teeth growing out of position
- Narrower dental arches
- Extreme tongue thrust habits
- Protruding front teeth which may be more susceptible to injury
- “Open bites” that would require extensive orthodontic treatment to straighten
Some developmental issues requiring interceptive orthodontics include:
- The constricted palate causes misalignment of back teeth commonly called crossbite
- Crowding of teeth
- Uneven development of upper and lower jaw
Is your child a candidate for Interceptive Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is not just for improving the appearance of the smile. Orthodontic treatment improves malocclusions. Malocclusions occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment. Malocclusions affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth or even the way you feel about your smile. Recent studies have shown that malocclusions left untreated can result in problems as we age. Crowded teeth are much more difficult to brush and floss which may contribute to tooth decay and periodontal disease. Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping. Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear. Openbites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments.