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Interceptive Care

Interceptive orthodontic care is early limited orthodontic treatment to address a problem before it gets out of hand. Treatment occurs for children ~7-10 years old over 4-12 months to address a developmental problem in the mixed dentition of primary and adult teeth. Early treatment is used to shift teeth, manipulate growth, create space for unerupted/blocked out teeth, break habits, and prevent trauma before it’s too late. After the treatment, the child is monitored to assess if they need a second phase of full braces to create a completely stable, functional and esthetic occlusion.

Goals of Interceptive Treatment (Phase I)

  • To prevent improper growth of the jaws that might cause an underbite, overbite, crossbite or shifting bite
  • To eliminate a destructive habit such as thumb sucking/finger habit or tongue thrust
  • To reposition one or more teeth that are occluding in such a way that they are damaging the enamel of other teeth
  • To prevent trauma to teeth that are too far forward
  • To reposition teeth that are cosmetically poor to eliminate the risk of taunting by peers or to improve self-esteem
Vistancia Orthodontics

9772 W. Yearling Rd.

Suite A-1600

Peoria, AZ 85383

Phone: (623) 566-0800

Fax: (623) 566-0860

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