What is Interceptive Orthodontics?
Interceptive orthodontics (phase one orthodontics) involves examining and guiding the teeth as they grow. Early treatment of your child’s teeth prevents spending extra money in the future to correct bite or jaw alignment issues.
As soon as your child’s adult teeth begin to develop (even if some baby teeth remain), an orthodontist can address serious orthodontic issues, including improper jaw alignment, crowded teeth, or gapped teeth. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children start seeing an orthodontist for yearly check-ins around the time they are 7 years old.
Although most children won’t need orthodontic treatment at this age, these yearly appointments give you an opportunity to develop a relationship with an orthodontist. That way, if your child needs braces in a few years, you will already have a relationship with a professional you trust.