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Interceptive Orthodontics

Interceptive Orthodontics Mosman

Interceptive Orthodontics

Interceptive orthodontics is recommended for children between ages 6 and 10 to address early orthodontic issues, guide jaw growth, and prevent more complex problems later on.

This early intervention allows guidance for the growth of the jaw, create space for emerging teeth, and address bite issues. Common conditions addressed through interceptive orthodontics include crowding, crossbites, overbites, and underbites. Starting orthodontic treatment at this stage can often reduce the complexity of later orthodontic care, promoting optimal oral development and alignment.

The process begins with a thorough assessment of the child's oral development, involving measurements, x-rays and a digital scan. This is followed by the implementation of targeted interventions such as space maintainers, expanders, or braces. The duration varies based on the specific needs of the child but often ranges from several months to a few years. For more severe cases, a referral to a specialist orthodontist may be required.

Interceptive orthodontics has shown to be effective in reducing the need for more extensive orthodontic treatment later on by 30-40% for some individuals.

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