Did you know that the best time to bring your child in for an orthodontic evaluation is between the ages of seven and eleven? Many parents are under the common assumption that orthodontic devices are usually not used until later on in a child’s development, but our Jackson Heights pediatric orthodontist, Dr. Rekha Gehani, is here to give you the facts about how beneficial earlier interceptive orthodontics can be.
The main philosophy behind interceptive orthodontics is that it is better to work with the mouth and teeth and guide them in their development—to better prevent orthodontic issues—rather than to fix the problems after they have already been established. By addressing these issues early on, many orthodontic complications are avoided. For example, patients in their later teenage years tend to be less cooperative about using their orthodontic appliances correctly. In addition, using interceptive orthodontic techniques usually results in a decreased need to extract teeth or perform more extensive orthodontic work in the future. Our Jackson Heights pediatric orthodontist uses a number of different techniques and devices in our interceptive orthodontic treatment plans, such as: arch expansion, which allows more room for the permanent teeth to come in if needed. Arch expansion can also help make room for special appliances designed to enhance growth in the jaw. These earlier procedures used as interceptive methods are typically referred to as Phase One of the orthodontic process. The second phase is begun later on in adolescence, and is usually a much less complicated and less costly endeavor as a result of the interceptive orthodontic techniques used earlier. Our Jackson Heights pediatric orthodontist would love to discuss how interceptive orthodontics could specifically benefit your child during your next visit with us.
If you would like to learn more about interceptive orthodontics or any of the other various services provided by our Jackson Heights pediatric orthodontist, we encourage you to pay a visit to Dr. Gehani’s main website for additional information. If you have any specific questions or concerns that you would like to discuss, do not hesitate to get in touch with our friendly and dedicated team of staff.