Often dentists can see that a small child is likely to have problems with their teeth in later life, unless some action is taken. This is where interceptive braces come in.
Having complicated orthodontic treatment carried out can be expensive and uncomfortable. Even with the best new types of braces available a teenager will have to attend regular appointments, follow the instructions from the orthodontist closely and put up with aligners and retainers for anything up to two years. Interceptive orthodontics aims to stop this treatment from ever becoming necessary by tackling the problems before they develop.
Young children attend regular dental check-ups every few months, to make sure their teeth are healthy and free from decay, but in some cases dentists may be able to see that the child is likely to develop problems with their teeth in the future; conditions such as overcrowding are obvious just from the size of the jaw and the layout of the baby teeth. If the dentist is able to take preventative measures, then the serious problem may never even develop; or at the very least is won’t be as serious and can be treated without resorting to long-term orthodontics.
Children between the ages of 5 and 10 are the ideal candidates for interceptive braces – when the adult teeth are starting to develop and the shape of their face is starting to settle. Unfortunately, a lot of children are never referred to orthodontists for this kind of treatment as their family dentist may not realise treatment is possible or fails to recognise cases in which it could be used. If you are concerned about the way your child’s teeth are developing, you could always ask for a referral to an orthodontist yourself or make an appointment at a local clinic. If you leave it up to the family dentist to notice a problem, it may then be too late to take preventative measures, leaving braces as the only option!
There are a number of items that can be used in preventative or interceptive orthodontics, but one of the most common is a device that is worn at night to help guide the emerging adult teeth into the correct places, keeping them straight and evenly-spaced. It can even create more space along the jaw, reducing overcrowding and correcting over and under bites before they even develop. OK, it’s not pleasant to have to give a small child a dental device to wear at night, but it’s perfectly safe and if it saves them (and you) from having to go through the stress and expense of braces later in life, then it is an option that is definitely worth exploring.
Speak to a dentist in the Brentford area to see if your child would benefit from interceptive orthodontic system and to arrange the correct treatment for them.
Sparkle Dental Boutique 311 Boston Road Hanwell, Ealing London, W7 2AT
020 8567 4344
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9.00am – 4.00pm