At Northpointe Dental, we emphasize the importance of early intervention in orthodontics to address developmental concerns before they evolve into more complex issues. Early interceptive orthodontics, aimed at children and adolescents, allows us to guide jaw growth, correct harmful oral habits and improve the alignment of emerging permanent teeth. This proactive approach lays the foundation for a healthy, beautiful smile that can last a lifetime.

Setting the Stage for Healthy Smiles With Early Interceptive Orthodontics

Early interceptive orthodontics is designed to identify and address dental and facial irregularities at a young age, optimizing the timing of treatment to utilize a child’s growth. By intervening at the right moment, we can often reduce or eliminate the need for more extensive orthodontic treatment later in life. Our goal is to correct issues such as crowding, bite discrepancies and misaligned teeth early on, promoting better oral health and aesthetics.

The Process of Early Interceptive Orthodontics

The journey towards a lifelong healthy smile begins with early assessment and timely intervention:

  1. Initial Evaluation: We recommend an orthodontic evaluation for all children by age 7, as recommended by the American Association of Orthodontists®, to identify any potential issues early.
  2. Customized Treatment Planning: When treatment is deemed necessary, we develop a personalized plan that may include the use of orthodontic appliances to guide jaw growth, correct crossbites and create space for emerging teeth.
  3. Implementation of Treatment: Our team expertly manages the application and adjustment of any orthodontic appliances, ensuring your child’s comfort and compliance throughout the process.
  4. Monitoring and Adjustment: Regular follow-up visits allow us to monitor progress and make adjustments as needed, ensuring optimal outcomes and minimizing the duration of treatment.

The Advantages of Early Interceptive Orthodontics

  • Addresses skeletal discrepancies by guiding jaw growth.
  • Corrects harmful oral habits that could affect dental development.
  • Reduces the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth.
  • Creates space for crowded emerging teeth, reducing the need for extractions.
  • Simplifies and shortens the time needed for future orthodontic treatment.

Embrace a Proactive Approach to Your Child’s Oral Health

Our dentist and team are committed to ensuring your child’s smile has the best start in life with early interceptive orthodontics in Zanesville, Ohio. Contact us today at 740-454-6644 to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Brian Waggle and discover how we can help your child achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.