Treatment - Children
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends having a screening by an orthodontist at or before 7 years of age.
Because the jaws are more pliable at a younger age, Interceptive Orthodontic Treatment can help develop the jaws of growing patients. These treatments can be drastic and even prevent possible jaw surgery that would have been otherwise necessary.
- Widening the jaws with a Rapid Palatal Expander in order to fit all of the developing permanent teeth, preventing extraction treatment.
- Correcting anterior and posterior crossbites.
- Retracting “buck” teeth to prevent trauma/fracture of the front teeth.
- Growth Modification- appliances and treatments aimed toward influencing the jaws in both Anterior-Posterior and Transverse dimensions to grow toward the most ideal position.