If you have a child between the ages of seven and eleven you should bring him or her in for an evaluation at our orthodontic practice, Quinn, Mariotti and Abod Orthodontics. Just one of our expert orthodontists is Dr. Quinn. Our orthodontist in Scranton will review your child’s bite and see if any orthodontic problems are emerging which would benefit from interceptive orthodontic care.
Today, interceptive orthodontic care is the recognized way for young children to receive preventive orthodontic treatment early on, before the age of 11. Traditionally, most patients did not begin their orthodontic treatment until they had all permanent teeth in their mouth and a bite problem was diagnosed. This generally occurred around the ages of 12 to 14. However, it has been discovered that waiting this long to receive orthodontic care often means that there needs to be teeth extractions of permanent teeth in order to make space for orthodontic movement. Additionally, more extensive movement of teeth is needed, and more involved orthodontic appliances are necessary in order to help create the permanent smile. Our orthodontist in Scranton knows that some of these more involved orthodontic appliances are met with poor patient compliance However, it is also known that when interceptive orthodontic treatments are performed early on, between the ages of seven and 11, there will be a greatly reduced need for teeth extractions, and teen orthodontic care will be much less involved and less costly. Oftentimes interceptive orthodontic care includes arch expansion, which makes room for permanent teeth. Growth appliances can also be used to enhance jaw growth and makes subsequent orthodontic treatment much simpler. Guided jaw growth can be easily achieved during the years that the jaw is still growing. This type of early intervention care is known as Phase 1 interceptive orthodontic care. Phase 2 begins years later when the child is a teen.
For an appointment for your child to see our top-notch orthodontist in Scranton, contact us today.