We know there is a lot of information floating around about best practices when it comes to all things oral health. We’re going to try and answer all of your questions about interceptive orthodontics, a.k.a, the first phase of your child’s orthodontic treatment.

The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that all children see an orthodontist for their initial evaluation before or around the age of 7. This is so your child’s oral development is guided in a preventative and productive way to keep them feeling their best and most confident. Bringing them in early can also be a way to save you money in the long run as serious problems can be tackled sooner or even before they begin. 

Your team here at Gaston Orthodontics has put together some information below about the interceptive treatments we offer!

Early Orthodontic Issues & Treatment

One of the most important roles baby teeth play are to hold space for permanent teeth to grow and move into. However, overcrowding is one of the most common issues we see in many children and even some adults. If a baby tooth is lost prematurely, a space maintainer – a device made of plastic or metal – may need to be placed in order to hold that space to let the rest of your child’s teeth form correctly.

We see various bite issues across many of our younger patients including crossbites and underbites. A crossbite can either occur with just one or many teeth and causes a jaw to shift to one side when a biting motion happens. Underbites are present when the lower front teeth are placing themselves on the top of the upper front teeth when a biting motion happens.

Palatal expanders are another way we can aid in your child’s oral health journey. They help to widen your child’s jaw, creating more space for upper and lower teeth to come in and align properly. You may be thinking, ‘will my child have to get braces if they get a palatal expander and any other treatment at a younger age?’ The truth is, all treatment we provide is going to benefit your child’s smile and receiving treatment at a younger age, whether that be fixing a misaligned bite or widening their smile, can shorten the amount of time they will have braces later in their orthodontic treatment journey.

What We Suggest

Being proactive is important, especially when it comes to your child’s smile. If oral health issues are left untouched for long periods of time, these problems can cause more rigorous issues to one’s jaw and facial structure down the line.

Give our caring team here at Gaston Orthodontics a call today to schedule your child’s evaluation and see if interceptive orthodontics is the right path for them! You can reach us at (704) 671-4051.