Interceptive orthodontics: When is it the best moment to start this treatment?


As parents we want our children to enjoy a healthy and beautiful smile by showing them good hygiene and care habits. 

When it comes to make a decision about an orthodontic treatment when need to know when the right moment is to start shaping our children’s smile?

Not only our teeth shape our smile’s look but also our jaw bones whose size and shape are going to determine our our teeth grow and are distributed. 

Currently it is possible to influence the way our bones and teeth shape thanks to interceptive orthodontics.

What is interceptive orthodontics?

It is also known as removable orthodontics because it is not fixed to our teeth. It is used in children from 6 to 11 years since their maxillary bones are still growing and shaping. 

Because it is not a permanent orthodontics, it is a very simple procedure for children. The treatment lasts around 6 to 18 months provided that the child wears it the appropriate time during the day which has been recommended by his/her dentist. 

Maybe you are wondering know what this treatment is like. In interceptive orthodontics acrylic plates are held in the dental arch to expand the arch itself, correct crossbite and move certain teeth. 

That is the reason why the best time for first visiting an orthodontist is by the time the child is 6. 

If some defects in the allignment or bite should be found, a thorough study, treatment and follow-up will be performed according to each case.

What is it interceptive orthodontics useful for?

Its aim is to achieve the correct growth and position of our mouth’s bone so that there is enough space for the teeth to grow aligned from the beginning. 

Its main advantage is the future complications or defects are avoided such as tooth removal, long and complex orthodontic treatments and surgical treatments to modify the size and position of the bones in adults. 

When do I need interceptive orthodontics? 

The most common adjustments performed during this treatment are the following: 

  • Create space between teeth so that they don’t grow crowded. 
  • Expand the bones of the dental arch. 
  •  Boost or stop jaw growth if it is too big or too small.

 In most cases, corrective orthodontics is necessary after an interceptive orthodontic treatment but the position and size of the jaw bones won’t need fixing and therefore the corrective treatment will be much easier, cheaper and shorter. 

Do you have any questions? Contact us. We help you gladly. 

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