The Basics of Interceptive Orthodontics
What is interceptive orthodontics? This is a preventative method for treating teeth in an effort to avoid extensive orthodontic treatment in the future. Space maintainers are used to help to ensure permanent teeth erupt and grow in properly. Here are some basics about interceptive orthodontics.
Why Might a Child Need Interceptive Orthodontics?
Sometimes interceptive orthodontics is used to correct a developmental issue. For example, when baby teeth grow in, they may be crowded. A child may also suffer from uneven development of the mandible. A constricted palate may result in a crossbite.
At other times, interceptive orthodontics are to limit damage when a child has used a pacifier or sucked his or her thumb past age three. As a result, the jawbone may have been reshaped, dental arches may be narrow, front teeth may protrude, or teeth may become misaligned.
How Do Space Maintainers Work?
Space maintainers are a metal appliance to help permanent teeth grow in properly when a baby tooth is lost early. They keep the surrounding teeth from drifting into that empty space and blocking teeth that will erupt in the future. Thus, space maintainers may prevent crowding of teeth. They are custom fitted for each child. This may eliminate the need for orthodontics in the future, or at least reduce future costs.
Interceptive Orthodontics and Other Preventative Treatments
BRSH+FLSS Pediatric Dentistry’s philosophy of encouraging prevention is designed to save parents money and children pain from tooth problems. Space maintainers are just one example of the preventative treatment methods employed by our board-certified paediatric dentists to keep your children smiling and happy. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call 619-741-1500.