Interceptive Orthodontics

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Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry specializing in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of jaw, face and bite irregularities (malocclusions*). Interceptive orthodontics more specifically addresses the developing dentition and focuses on intercepting and preventing the full expression of a malocclusion.

Part of your child's regular dental checkup always include an analysis of the existing occlusion and a preview of the developing malocclusion.  There are many appliances and exercises that can be helping in correcting problems in the developing dentition.  An analysis of the dentition and of the surrounding soft tissues is imperative to providing an accurate diagnosis.  Among the armamentarium used we include space maintainers, expanders, aligners, trainers, and traditional bracket systems.

Space Maintainers ~ Expanders ~ Aligners ~ Trainer for Kids

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*Malocclusion is the technical term for teeth that don’t fit together correctly.  Malocclusions not only affect the teeth, but also the appearance of the face.  Most malocclusions are inherited; however some are due to acquired habits such as thumb sucking and tongue thrusting.  The spacing left from an adult tooth being extracted or an early loss of a baby tooth can also contribute to a malocclusion.