Interceptive Treatment

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Child with orthodontic spacerEarly interceptive orthodontic treatment is used to help prevent and correct any bite irregularities early on. According to the American Association of Orthodontics, your child should visit an orthodontist for an evaluation by the age of seven. If you or your child’s general dentist notice any problems before this time, your child may even receive an earlier evaluation. These early issues can include the early loss of baby teeth, genetic factors, or harmful oral habits such as thumb or finger sucking.

Not only can crooked teeth cause problems with your child’s self-esteem, they can also make it more difficult to keep the teeth clean. This can lead to problems with your child’s dental health. Properly aligned teeth help to minimize the chances of tooth decay and dental cavities.

Benefits of Early Interceptive Treatment

There are many benefits to having early diagnosis and treatment of orthodontic issues. These can include the following:

  • Improving the aesthetics of your child’s smile, which can, in turn, boost his or her self-esteem
  • Minimize the need for surgical corrections or dental extractions in the future
  • Help correct overbites, underbites, cross bites, and open bites
  • Decreasing the amount of time your child will need to wear braces

Here at Kuhni Orthodontics, we want to detect any potential orthodontic issues as early as possible so that we can intervene and make corrections as needed. Please contact our orthodontic office to make your child’s orthodontic evaluation appointment today!

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