Interceptive Orthodontics in Hampstead, London

Interceptive Orthodontics is the diagnosis and treatment of teeth or jaw misalignment (malocclusions) for young children from the age of 7.

Traditionally, children begin orthodontic treatment from ages 12-14 after all or most of the permanent teeth have erupted. Sometimes this treatment involves tooth extractions to correct the bite or crowding. However, interceptive orthodontics is a newer technique used to avoid complex orthodontics for children later in life. Using early diagnosis of potential malocclusions, our orthodontic specialists can use interceptive orthodontics to treat children from age 7. This can often prevent the need for more complicated treatment later and can prevent tooth extractions.

At Heath Street Dental, Orthodontic & Implant Centre, our specialists recommend that children have an orthodontic assessment by age 7. Typically by age 7 the first set of permanent molars have erupted and we can use interceptive orthodontics if necessary. At this stage we would aim to deal with issues such as misaligned jaws and overcrowded or protruding teeth. We can also correct habits such as thumb sucking, which can cause future misalignment.

Why is age 7 considered the optimal time for screening?

Our specialists recommend that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. At this early age, interceptive orthodontics may not be necessary. However, careful examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment. This early treatment is aimed at preventing or “intercepting” more serious problems later. Treating children at much earlier ages, such as between 7 to 11 years also takes advantage of the child’s continuing growth. Typically they are more compliant and receptive to treatment at this age.

Benefits of interceptive orthodontics include:
● Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
● Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
● Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
● Preserving space for unerupted teeth
● Reducing the need for tooth removal
● The length of later orthodontic treatment reduced

To book your child in for an orthodontic assessment with one of our specialists please contact us.

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