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Children’s Interceptive Orthodontics: Everything You Need To Know

Making way for new teeth is crucial for your child’s early oral development. However, some children will need the help of interceptive orthodontics to encourage the natural and healthy growth of their permanent teeth. Otherwise, your little one may suffer from problems like dental overcrowding, misaligned bites, or low self-esteem due to a crooked smile. 

Thankfully, correcting your child’s teeth is made simple at Children’s Dentistry of Manatee! We specialize in the early detection of orthodontic problems so we can solve them safely and efficiently. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Mann, and we’ll be happy to offer the best pediatric solutions in Bradenton, Florida.

What Is Interceptive Orthodontics?

Interceptive orthodontics is a specialized form of dentistry that alters dental growth at an early age. This method is more commonly known in dentistry as Phase One or Early Treatment, usually done as a precursor to braces in Phase Two orthodontics.

What Are The Benefits Of Interceptive Orthodontic Treatments?

Interceptive orthodontics ensures your child’s teeth will grow straight and perfectly aligned – improving their appearance, functionality, and oral health. Other long-term benefits of interceptive orthodontics include:

  • Improves self-confidence
  • Improves speech, chewing, and biting
  • Expands narrow dental arches
  • Prevents overcrowded teeth
  • Aligns jaws
  • Adjusts crossbite, underbite, or overbite
  • Fills gaps for teeth lost to decay or injuries
  • Removes baby teeth for optimal growth of permanent teeth
  • Reduces likelihood of dental problems and the need for invasive treatments in adulthood
  • Prepares teeth in Phase One to reduce the treatment period of Phase Two braces

When Should You Consider Interceptive Orthodontics For Your Child?

According to the American Association for Orthodontists, your child’s first orthodontic check-up should happen at age 7 to 8. During this phase of development, their upper and lower teeth are still erupting, making it easier to alter their existing teeth or dental structure with minimal discomfort. 

Depending on our examination, we may recommend:

  • Arch expansion to widen the upper and lower teeth
  • Palatal expanders to fix posterior crossbites
  • Oral appliances to change the shape of the upper or lower jaw
  • Extractions of problematic baby teeth to encourage proper growth of new teeth

Is Your Child A Good Candidate For Interceptive Orthodontics?

Although children don’t always need early orthodontic treatments, roughly 15% to 20% of kids aged 7 to 9 will need some form of correction. To know the best course of action, you must consult with board-certified dental experts. Our qualified dentists will inform you if your child is a good candidate for interceptive orthodontics or not.

Visit Children’s Dentistry Of Manatee For The Best Interceptive Orthodontic Care

When you set a family appointment at our dental practice, your kids will be greeted by our friendly staff and playful ocean-themed interiors! Our team will also make sure your little one is comfortable as we walk them through the dental exams, x-rays, and treatment plans. 

If you’re concerned about your child’s orthodontic issues, we’re here to help. Our dental practice is committed to diagnosing, treating, and maintaining your child’s overall dental health – both in the early stages and beyond. With our child-friendly facilities and compassionate service, we guarantee they’ll look forward to every single visit!

At Children’s Dentistry of Manatee, we promise a memorable and comfortable dental experience for the entire family. Get in touch with us today to schedule an appointment!

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