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Interceptive (Phase 1) Orthodontics in Quincy, MA

Interceptive Orthodontics

Quincy Family Orthodontics provides Interceptive Orthodontics in Quincy, Massachusetts. To learn more, call 617-982-2501 or contact us today to schedule an appointment.

What Is Interceptive/ Phase One Orthodontics?

Interceptive orthodontics refers to early orthodontic treatment that begins when a child still has most of their primary (baby) teeth, usually between the ages of 6 and 9. Not every child will need interceptive orthodontics, but for some children, it can be extremely beneficial to their growth and development.

Children should have an orthodontic evaluation by the age of 6. During this evaluation, the current position of the teeth and the shape of the jaw are examined to determine if any treatment is necessary. If there are any concerns, early treatment may be applied that can guide the growth of the jaw and the position of the permanent teeth as they come in to make future treatment (Phase 2) easier or less extensive.

Benefits of Interceptive Orthodontics

Interceptive orthodontics offers many benefits for children:

Improve current teeth position. Interceptive orthodontics can alleviate crowding and help shift the teeth into a more desirable position.

Guide growth and development. Some interceptive treatments can guide the growth and development of the jaw so that the permanent teeth come in correctly.

Reduce the extent of future treatment. Early treatment can prevent or reduce the amount of future orthodontic treatment.

Improve smile and facial appearance. Interceptive orthodontics can give the child a more natural looking smile and facial structure.

Reduce the need for extractions. With interceptive treatment, there may be less need for extraction of primary or permanent teeth in the future.

Promote effective chewing. Early treatment can help children chew more effectively for better digestion and healthy eating habits.

Encourage proper speech development. Interceptive orthodontics can help children develop proper speech by adjusting the shape and position of the teeth and jaw.

Boost confidence. Improvements in facial appearance can help children feel more confident and help them develop healthy self-esteem.

Procedures Offered

We provide the following interceptive orthodontic treatments:

  • Upper Jaw Expansion. Oral appliances can be used to expand the upper jaw to make more room for crowded teeth.
  • Dental Expansion. If the upper and lower jaws are of normal size, but the unerupted permanent teeth show a lot of crowding, sometimes moving the teeth outward (dental expansion) is necessary.
  • Space Maintenance. A space maintainer may be used to hold the space open after the loss of a primary tooth so that the permanent tooth has enough room to come in properly.
  • Habit Appliances. Habit appliances are used to stop thumb-sucking or tongue-thrusting habits.
  • Extraction of Primary Teeth. In some cases, primary teeth need to be extracted to allow permanent teeth to come in.
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Why Choose Quincy Family Orthodontics?

We offer interceptive orthodontics to improve the dental health and overall wellness of children. Too often, we don’t see patients until they are teenagers or even adults, and by that time, the situation is often more severe and less correctable without a more invasive surgical option. We prefer to be proactive, providing treatment for children as soon as it is beneficial so that they can have a higher quality of life from a young age. Yearly monitoring appointments beginning at age 6 allow us to begin orthodontic treatment at the right time, so that is the most beneficial for children.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Interceptive Orthodontics

At what age should a child have their first orthodontic evaluation?
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children have an orthodontic evaluation by the age of 6 and no later than age 9.
Why is six the ideal age for orthodontic evaluation?
By the age of 6, children often have a few permanent teeth in place and mostly primary teeth. This allows us to evaluate the position of the teeth and the shape of the jaw when it is still growing and developing. We can make positive adjustments early on that will guide the growth of the jaw in a more ideal way.
Will my child still need braces after interceptive orthodontics?
In many cases, children will still need braces later on after interceptive orthodontics, but not always. If braces are needed, the treatment duration is often shorter and less expensive after having interceptive orthodontic treatment.
How long will interceptive orthodontic treatment take?
Interceptive orthodontic treatment usually takes anywhere from a few months to 1 year.

Contact Us

Call 617-982-2501 or contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Contact our office today to schedule your appointment!

Quincy Family Orthodontics

300 Crown Colony Drive, Ste. 205
Quincy, MA 02169
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