As children grow, their jaw and their palate grow too. If the jaw and palate don’t grow properly, tooth crowding or jaw malignment can occur, which may cause problems if not treated. According to the staff at Rad Orthodontics in Potomac, MD, there are several scenarios in which children may benefit from Interceptive or ‘Two-Phase’ Orthodontic Treatment. Early signs of jaw problems, such as an upper jaw that is growing too much or is too narrow and crowding of the front teeth can be recognized at an early age. Interceptive treatment can prevent the need to extract permanent teeth or surgically realign the jaws later in life. Read on to learn more about interceptive treatment.
What Is Interceptive Treatment?
This specialized treatment combines intercepting and guiding a child’s facial growth with the straightening of his or her adult teeth. Interceptive treatment is sometimes called Two-Phase treatment. Phase 1 begins around age 8 and guides jaw development in a way that will accommodate all permanent teeth and improve the way the upper and lower jaws fit together. After Phase 1, a resting period allows permanent teeth to be left alone as they erupt. Phase 2 begins after all permanent teeth are in and makes sure each tooth has an exact location in the mouth where it is in harmony with the lips, cheeks, tongue, and other teeth.
The orthodontists at Rad Orthodontics are specialists in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics and Interceptive Treatment, and are uniquely qualified to identify and diagnose jaw and palate issues in children.
Around age seven, most children have a mix of baby and adult teeth, which allows our orthodontists to take a full survey or their mouth and see how everything is developing. If they notice issues with jaw development, crowding, or bite issues, interceptive treatment may be appropriate.
As the jaw develops, it affects how the face grows, as well as how the teeth are aligned. Proper jaw growth ensures everything fits correctly in the mouth. When problems are untreated, it can lead to crowded teeth, overbite and underbite, and other skeletal problems that may affect your child for the rest of their life. Later solutions often include extensive surgery, tooth removal, and other more complex complications, many of which could be avoided through interceptive treatment by an orthodontist.
How Interceptive Treatment Helps
Your child may be a candidate for Interceptive Treatment if s/he has the following situation: a narrow upper jaw, severe tooth crowding and overlapping, mouth breathing, a protruding tongue, or overgrowth of the lower jaw. Interceptive treatment allows Rad Orthodontics to:
- Correct and guide the growth of your child’s jaw to help the permanent teeth come in straight
- Regulate the width of the upper and lower arches
- Create more space for crowded teeth
- Avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions later in life
- Correct thumb sucking and help improve minor speech problems
The best way to diagnose issues requiring interceptive treatment is to visit an orthodontist, so turn to the professionals at Rad Orthodontics. They offer comprehensive orthodontic services and are committed to helping patients achieve a healthy smile. Call (301) 299-3993 to schedule an appointment, and visit the website and Facebook page to learn more about the services available.