Early Treatment

Phase I – Interceptive Treatment

braces early treatmentJaw growth discrepancies, asymmetries, crowding and space maintenance are commonly addressed in Phase One Interceptive treatment. Interceptive treatment can improve and sometimes eliminate the need for removing teeth by maintaining and developing space when indicated. Leaving jaw discrepancies until all the permanent teeth have erupted and growth spurt having passed, could result in a jaw discrepancy too severe to be corrected via orthodontics alone.

Goals for Interceptive Treatment

  1. Create room for crowded, erupting teeth
  2. Preserve space for unerupted permanent teeth and reduce the likelihood of impacted permanent teeth
  3. Establish facial symmetry or balance by modifying jaw growth
  4. Harmonize the width of the dental arches
  5. Eliminate crossbites that, if uncorrected, may negatively affect growth of the jaws or cause premature wear on the teeth
  6. Lower the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  7. Reduce the need for tooth extraction in the future
  8. Simplify and/or shorten treatment time for later corrective orthodontics
  9. Improve some speech problems
  10. Intercept harmful oral habits
  11. Improve self-esteem

Interceptive Treatment Example-Correction of Jaw Growth disharmony

Orthodontic Class 2 Interceptive Treatment Example - BeforeOrthodontic Class 2 Interceptive Treatment Example - After