Interceptive orthodontics are a way to help treat teeth before the patient reaches actual orthodontic treatment age. In the past, patients have needed to wait until their teeth are permanently erupted before receiving orthodontic treatment. The longer the wait, however, the more the chances are that the patient may need to have teeth pulled before the procedure. Interceptive Queens orthodontics addresses some orthodontic problems that can happen to patients who are between the ages of 7-11.
Interceptive orthodontics are early intervention procedures that allow us to help the patient without pulling teeth. The techniques involved in interceptive orthodontics include orthopedic growth appliances, which help to enhance the growth of the jaw, making future orthodontic treatment easier and arch expansion, which allows for permanent teeth to have more room. This is considered phase 1 of the interceptive Queens orthodontic treatment. Phase 2 involves standard orthodontic procedures such as braces. Phase 1 allows the treatment plan of Phase 2 to be shorter and simpler than it would have been without Phase 1 treatment. The ultimate goal of orthodontics is to correct malocclusions, or bad bites. Teeth that are crowded or crooked can throw the jaws out of alignment, creating the need for orthodontics. A bad bite can create further dental problems.
Many malocclusions are inherited genetically or caused by poor oral habits such as thumb sucking. Orthodontic treatment aligns teeth and creates a straighter, uncrowded mouth. Straighter teeth are easier to clean and brush. Crooked teeth are harder to get in between for brushing, which leads to tooth decay and gum disease. Using aligners, a Queens orthodontics treatment gently moves teeth into place over time. We also offer Invisalign braces, which are clear plastic aligners that do not have the brackets and screws and types of hardware that traditional braces uses for orthodontics.