Interceptive treatment is performed on young, growing children in order to deal with issues such as misaligned jaw, severely overcrowded or protruding teeth or to correct harmful oral habits as early as possible. Delivered between the ages of 7 and 9, treatment typically lasts between 8 and 12 months. It often makes later treatment much less complicated.
The initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age seven. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but careful examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment. This early treatment is aimed at preventing or “intercepting” more serious problems.
Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not required in the short term, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment at the ideal time.
Why is age 7 considered the optimal time for screening? By the time your child is seven years old the first adult molars will have erupted, establishing the back bite. At 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, overcrowding or “gummy” smiles. Timely screening increases the chances for a wonderful smile and the avoidance of braces during the teen years.
Invisalign® treatment with mandibular advancement is meant for tweens and teens presenting with retrognathic Class II malocclusions in permanent dentition or stable late mixed dentition. The special precision wings feature is are integrated into the Invisalign aligners.
Why Invisalign® clear aligners with mandibular advancement?
Precision wings move the lower jaw forward to improve the bite
Deliver results your patients demand
The advantages of interceptive treatment:
Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
Preserving space for unerupted teeth
Reducing the need for tooth removal
Reducing treatment time with braces
Less teenage angst!
Every patient in need of orthodontics is unique and different aligners and braces are designed to combat different conditions. Finding the right brace to fix your teeth and fit your lifestyle can be difficult. However one method to help choose is discretion vs speed.
Clear aligners are a lot more discreet with most people unaware that you ever wear one. The treatment can be lengthier, leaving you wearing the aligner for a long time, especially during complicated treatment. Braces act much faster but are very difficult to hide, sitting in plain view as they correct your teeth. There are exception to this rule such as Lingual appliances that sit on the inside of the teeth and limit the brace's functionality only working to correct certain conditions.
Aligners such as Invisalign Teen are removable for sports, keeping the appliance safe and preventing the aligner from causing any damage to the teeth and gums from an impact.
For fixed appliances, your orthodontist can supply custom-made mouth guards to fit over braces, offering your child a high degree of protection, especially when playing sports. Acting like a shock absorber to spread impact force over a large area, a properly engineered mouth guard should prevent or greatly reduce the effect of any injury to the mouth area.