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Interceptive Treatment

Orthodontic Checkup

Interceptive treatment primarily focusses on younger patients (ages 7-9 years old) as an “early” intervention designed to address:

•    Early or Late loss of primary teeth
•    Mouth breathing
•    Difficulty in chewing or biting
•    Speech difficulties
•    Jaws that protrude or blocked-out teeth
•    Protruding teeth
•    Biting the cheek or into the roof of the mouth
•    Facial imbalances
•    Finger-sucking or other harmful oral habits
•    Grinding or clenching of the teeth (throughout the day or while sleeping)
•    Teeth that meet in an abnormal manner or don’t meet at all
•    Narrow upper jaw/skeletal crossbite conditions
•    Retained primary teeth
•    Missing permanent teeth with appropriate space management for eventual implant replacement

Additionally, Interceptive Orthodontic Treatment may be beneficial in any one or more of the following:

•    Avoiding fracture or loss of protruding front teeth
•    Assuring the jaws meet properly during chewing and swallowing
•    Eliminating harmful habits
•    Correcting early misalignment of teeth
•    Tooth interference with lower jaw displacement
•    Faulty permanent tooth eruption, delayed eruption, sequence of permanent tooth eruption, or failure to permanent tooth eruption (impactions)
•    Improving self-image



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