It’s never too late to improve your smile. More adults are having their teeth straightened. If you didn’t have orthodontic treatment as a child, you may have had problems that were left untreated like an overbite or underbite, crooked teeth or a misaligned jaw. You could be experiencing tooth decay, headaches and earaches, chewing issues or gum disease as a result. As an adult, you may have a better opportunity to get these problems fixed. Dr. Horne will tailor a treatment plan that best aligns with your expectations. Are you having jaw soreness or does your bite feel off? Feel free to give a call and schedule a complimentary consultation!
WHY SHOULD I INVEST IN INTERCEPTIVE ORTHODONTICS?
Think of interceptive orthodontics as a way to plan for the future by taking a proactive approach to orthodontic treatment. Instead of waiting for severe problems to develop and then trying to correct them, interceptive orthodontics tries to administer treatment that will prevent those problems from happening or decrease the problems significantly.
Due to the fact that interceptive orthodontics is a relatively new concept, many parents are reluctant to make the investment in this type of orthodontic treatment. While opting to not invest in interceptive orthodontic treatment may save you some money in the short term, it could end up costing you more in the future. To help you understand why interceptive orthodontics is a good investment, we will take a closer look at what it is and some of the benefits that come with this type of orthodontic treatment.
What Is Interceptive Orthodontics?
Orthodontics, which is dedicated to correcting the positions of your teeth and the alignment of your bite, can be broken up into different phases, depending on the specific situation. If a two phase plan is recommended, the first phase of orthodontic treatment is called interceptive orthodontics and involves actively working to correct the alignment and placement of your teeth before severe problems occur.
Interceptive orthodontics most commonly starts around the age of 8, but can begin even sooner. Unless your dentist recommends something earlier, age 7 is the recommended age for your first orthodontic consultation because permanent teeth are usually starting to come in and orthodontists can get a general idea of how they will be aligned and placed. If your orthodontist notices a potential problem, such as teeth are coming in too close together or the bite appears misaligned, treatment can be administered to correct the problem or problems.
Some of the problems interceptive orthodontics can correct include:
- Narrow dental arches
- Teeth that are growing out of position and appear misaligned
- Misshapen jawbone
- Protruding front teeth
- Uneven development of the jawbone that results in an open bite
- Overcrowding of the teeth
- Misalignment of the back teeth
Some examples of interceptive orthodontic treatment include:
- Using expanders to eliminate any crossbite
- Using expanders to properly space out overly crowded teeth
- Removing baby teeth to help encourage the growth of permanent teeth
- Using space maintainers to maintain the proper alignment of teeth when baby teeth have fallen out too soon
- Subtly moving protruding teeth so they aren’t set so far forward
After interceptive orthodontic treatment is complete, there is often a waiting period of a few years before your child is ready for Phase II treatment, which commonly starts when all of the permanent teeth (not including wisdom teeth) have erupted.
Interceptive Orthodontics Can Help Save You Money
Interceptive orthodontics can help save you money on future orthodontic treatment. By having problems corrected in their early stages, future treatment is less complex and shorter which means it costs less.
In addition to saving money by shortening future orthodontic treatment time, you will be able to save money by not having to undergo so much dental work. Straight, properly aligned teeth are easier to brush and floss. Your ability to properly brush and floss from an early age can prevent a number of problems ranging from gum disease to tartar buildup and cavities.
Interceptive Orthodontics Can Help Prevent Injuries
Some problems, such as protruding teeth or misaligned jaws, are extremely susceptible to injury. Interceptive orthodontics can correct the problem which may prevent injuries from occurring. Being able to prevent injuries will save you money on dental treatment and help your child not experience the pain that can come with some dental injuries.
Schedule an Appointment for an Orthodontic Assessment for Your Child
See if your child is a candidate for interceptive orthodontics by scheduling an appointment at Reddick Orthodontics in Melbourne, Florida. Dr. Reddick will assess your child’s case and determine if interceptive orthodontics is needed. Assessments for interceptive orthodontics should occur between the ages of 7 and 10.
Not every child will need interceptive treatment. Interceptive orthodontic treatment will only be recommended if Dr. Reddick feels it will save you money on future treatment, decrease treatment time for future orthodontic treatment, prevent the need to extract teeth in the future or reduce chances of injury.
Call our office today to schedule an appointment. 719-487-9303
We have a couple of great patients that got to get their braces off! Congratulations Brayden and Kaitlyn! I hope you guys enjoy your new smile!!:D
Natayla finished with Phase 1 of braces!! Yay congratulations!!(:
Then we have Evy and Edda just getting started!! We are excited to be on this journey with you two!!
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It's extremely important to keep your teeth clean while in braces. Not only does it keep your teeth healthy and white but healthy teeth move faster! Brackets and wires have a lot of tiny spaces where food particles and plaque can get trapped. Therefore you must take extra care to avoid enamel staining, decalcification, and tooth decay around brackets. Be sure to visit your dental hygienist every six months, and follow the guidelines below to keep your teeth clean and healthy throughout orthodontic treatment.
- Make sure if you have elastics in to remove those first.
- You should floss twice a day; after lunch/school and before bed. Proper flossing removes plaque and food particles under the gumline and between your teeth. Flossing reach places your toothbrush can't! Take oral-b superfloss or floss threaders and gently slide the floss between every tooth up under your gumline.
- You should brush three times a day, spending around 2-3 minutes each time. Brush once in the morning, after lunch/school, and right before bed. Hold your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle and brush gently above each bracket massaging your gums, making sure to move in circular motion. Bring your toothbrush on the front of your teeth and again brush around the bracket in circular motion. Then hold your toothbrush with bristles facing up getting under your wire! make sure you brush all surfaces or your teeth as well as your tongue!
- Rinse with water or mouthwash and check to make sure you removed all plaque and food particles! Please contact us if you notice any broken brackets or wires!
- Consider getting a Waterpik or a Oral-b orthodontic electric toothbrush!
If you have any questions about proper brushing or flossing please feel free to contact us at 719-487-9303!
At Smiling Springs Orthodontics, we don't only want to give you the beautiful straight smile you desire. We correct the alignment of your teeth and jaws so that you can speak clearly and chew food effectively. We are also committed improving your oral health and over-all well being. Dr. Horne and our team strive to serve our patients by educating them about their treatments every step of the way, as well as making them feel as comfortable as possible during their initial consultations up until the day they complete their treatments.
Giving our patients the knowledge to be more comfortable with taking care of their braces in between visits increases the likelihood that they will complete their treatments successfully. We want you to know that if you should ever have any questions about your orthodontic treatment, whether it’s during your adjustment appointment or after hours, we are always here for you and your family.
Please do not hesitate to give us a call at our office or ask us any questions you may have on our Facebook page! We can’t wait to hear from you!