Interceptive orthodontics is the early treatment of orthodontic problems in young children between seven and eleven years old. If a professional orthodontist like ours at Kimodontics determines that a young child needs Las Vegas orthodontics treatment, it would be a two-phase approach. Each treatment phase has different objectives.
The main objective that an interceptive Las Vegas orthodontics has for two-phase orthodontic treatment is to create a better environment for a child’s permanent teeth. Before Phase Two treatment can start, Phase One treatment which usually begins when the child is seven years old and when he or she still has most of his or her primary teeth, needs to be completed. In order to understand phase two, you need to first understand what phase one is about. Phase One is done to prepares the child for phase Two. It is performed for the following reasons: to prevent a dental problem from developing, to intercept an already developing problem and to direct the growth of jawbones that support the teeth. There added benefits of Phase One treatment. They include: to correct harmful oral habits, to enable proper biting and chewing, to help guide permanent teeth into a better position and to improve appearance. Phase Two orthodontic treatment focuses on final alignment and involves the use of braces. There is a great deal of time in between Phase One and Phase Two treatment. It could be anywhere from a few months to years. Phase Two benefits young patients by: shifting the teeth into their final (correct) positions, improving the teeth’s function, improving the facial appearance and the fixing minor bite issues. Even though Phase Two treatment has the same general objectives for all children, the specific treatment plan for each child will differ because each child’s individual needs and situation differ. If you’re considering Phase Two orthodontic treatment for your child, you should see a professional orthodontist like ours at Kimodontics for a consultation.
If you’re interested in learning more about interceptive Las Vegas orthodontics, you should schedule a consultation. Contact our office to schedule an appointment.