Interceptive orthodontics simply means diagnosing and treating malocclusions (misalignment or incorrect relation between the teeth) as soon as they are detected. The American Academy of Orthodontics now says all children should have an orthodontic assessment no later than the age of seven. With interceptive orthodontics; growth is utilized to correct developmental occlusion problems. Staging the treatment can correct immediate problems and future issues.
In the past, orthodontic treatment did not begin until around age 12-14. This is when all the permanent teeth are already erupted or very close to it. It was also common for your dentist to remove permanent teeth to correct the bite and allow for room for the final phase of tooth movement. In interceptive orthodontics, children are treated at much earlier ages (usually between age 7-11 years old) to take advantage of continuing growth. Patients at this age tend to be more receptive to, and compliant with treatment. The interceptive orthodontics we offer at Galerie Dental Care, allows for fewer teeth to be extracted and also allows for better end results.