Interceptive orthodontics simply means diagnosing and treating malocclusions (malocclusions are problems with teeth due to spacing issues or skeletal growth discrepancies) as soon as they are detected. The American Academy of Orthodontics now says all children should have an orthodontic assessment no later than the age of seven. The longer this initial evaluation is postponed, the fewer options your pediatric dentist and orthodontist have to fix those malocclusions.

In the past, orthodontic treatment did not begin until all the permanent teeth are already erupted or very close to it, which is around 12-13 years of age. It was also common for your dentist to remove permanent teeth to correct the bite and allow for room for the final phase of tooth movement. Although this is still necessary in some cases, many more children are able to avoid tooth removal by beginning orthodontic treatment earlier with appliances that make the treatment easier later on in adolescence. As a pediatric dentist, Dr. Laura is well trained in orthodontic principles, and will be a partner with an orthodontist in phasing proper and conservative orthodontic treatment for those children who need it.