by Dr. H. Kopel
Phase one orthodontic treatment is sometimes referred to as interceptive orthodontics.
Some orthodontic conditions are simply easier to correct if they’re corrected early. Leaving orthodontic conditions untreated until all the baby teeth fall out can cause damage to the surrounding permanent teeth, trap permanent teeth in the jaw and other problems.
Interceptive orthodontic treatment is all about preventing more severe problems later on. It provides the opportunity for an orthodontist to have control over where the permanent teeth come in by addressing the structure of the jaw and teeth while the primary teeth are still in the mouth.
By age seven, your child’s mouth has grown enough and has enough sound structure to know how it will develop as the permanent teeth start to emerge.
In addition, common problems such as thumb sucking and tongue thrusting can be addressed.
If your Zak Dental diagnostic dentist detects any abnormalities your child will be referred to our in house orthodontist for a consultation.