What is Early Interceptive Treatment?
Early Treatment vs. Waiting
preventing more complicated malocclusions
The Early Interceptive Treatment Process
Phase one usually begins when a child is around 6-7 years old. Candidates for early interceptive treatment include those with over/underbites, protruding front teeth from thumb sucking, asymmetric jaw growth, or spacing issues. Depending on the issue, we use appliances such as expanders or a partial set of braces, usually for a period of 6-12 months.
Phase two treatment is typically recommended for children between the ages of 11-13. The goal of this phase is to properly position all of the permanent teeth with either braces or clear aligners. This phase typically lasts between 12-18 months.
Phase three of treatment consists of retaining the results achieved in the first two phases. This can be done with a retainer, which may be removable or permanent in nature depending on your child’s specific orthodontic needs.