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Early/Interceptive Treatment

It may be best to start early to correct your child’s smile and bite.  The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children be evaluated by a formally-trained orthodontist by the age of 7.  At this age, a child’s teeth and bite have developed enough for an orthodontist to determine if orthodontic treatment is, or may be, needed in the future.

When is Early/Interceptive Treatment needed?

Although your child’s teeth may appear straight, Dr. Chun can evaluate if signs of a bite problem are developing.  Some areas for concern are as follows:

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Thumb-sucking habit
  • Tongue-thrusting habit
  • Crowded (not enough space) teeth
  • Protruding teeth
  • Difficulty for lips to close together
  • Jaws that are too far back or forward
  • Difficulty in chewing and biting
  • Biting the cheek or roof of mouth

Why do Early/Interceptive Treatment?

Interceptive treatment can minimize the need for a longer and more extensive orthodontic treatment in the future by providing the following results:

  • Guiding and improving jaw growth
  • Creating more space for teeth to erupt
  • Guiding permanent teeth in a more favorable position
  • Preserving the space for unerupted teeth
  • Eliminating harmful oral habits such as tongue thrusting or thumb sucking
  • Reducing trauma or injury to protruding front teeth
  • Improving appearance and self-esteem