Phase I Interceptive Treatment
Early treatment – Purpose and Possibilities
We carefully select patients who we feel could successfully cooperate with and benefit from early Orthodontic treatment. We usually consider preventative (early) treatment, between the ages of 8 and 10, to accomplish the goals outlined below.
To develop both upper and lower jaw sufficiently early to accommodate all the permanent teeth, often by widening the arches and develpoing the arch length.
- To correctly relate the upper and lower jaws to each other (correct crossbites, underbites, etc.) to encourage proper facial development, jaw growth and allow for a proper functional relationship with the teeth.
A child with an upper or lower jaw that is growing too much or not enough, or is too narrow can be recognized at an early age. Children who have these jaw discrepancies are usually candidates for early orthodontic evaluation and treatment (usually between 8 and 10 years of age). Because children are growing rapidly, they can benefit tremendously from an early (interceptive) phase of orthodontic care. Orthodontic appliances can be used to correct the jaw shape and direct the growth towards an ideal relationship between the upper and lower jaws. Early treatment can prevent the following:
Later removal of permanent teeth to correct overcrowding.
- Surgical procedures to align upper and lower jaws.
Early (Interceptive) treatment may also shorten the time necessary for the second phase of treatment. Leaving a malocclusion until all permanent teeth erupt could result in jaw discrepancies too sever to achieve an ideal result with braces alone..