Interceptive Orthodontic Treatment

Interceptive orthodontics is a specific type of orthodontics intended for children whose mouths are still growing, and it's become more popular in recent years. It can improve your child's experience and outcome with orthodontic treatment.

Interceptive Orthodontic Treatment

Interceptive orthodontic treatment is a specific type of orthodontics intended for children whose mouths are still growing, and it’s become more popular in recent years. It can improve your child’s experience and outcome with orthodontic treatment.

With interceptive orthodontics, treatment starts earlier than it would via traditional orthodontic methods, sometimes as early as six years old. By contrast, standard orthodontic treatment begins around age 10-12, when most of the permanent teeth have come in. Interceptive orthodontic treatment doesn’t always involve braces; instead, it can employ a number of other techniques, ranging from special devices to behavioral modification. Afterward, traditional braces or other appliances are often, but not always, needed.

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  • What is the goal of interceptive orthodontic treatment?

    The goal of interceptive orthodontics is to influence the growth and development of the jaws or other oral structures while they are at an early age. Oftentimes, this type of dental treatment is impossible to do, or at least more difficult, at an older age.

    These treatments are effective only while the body is still growing, but when done at the right time, it offers results that otherwise couldn’t be achieved without longer or more invasive treatments.

  • How do I know if my child needs interceptive orthodontic treatments?

    If your dentist finds the following issues in your child’s dental visit, interceptive orthodontic treatments may be needed before they worsen or become impossible to correct:

    • Teeth crowding
    • Overbites and underbites
    • Crossbite
    • Jaw irregularities
    • Narrow dental arches
    • Early loss of primary teeth with the drift of adult teeth
    • Family history of impacted teeth
    • Protruding teeth
  • What are types of interceptive orthodontic treatments?

    Some interceptive orthodontic treatments include:

    • Maintaining space for permanent teeth
    • Regaining space when a baby tooth is gone and other teeth have overtaken the space
    • Upper jaw expansion to correct a crossbite
    • Upper and lower expansion to create space
    • Protrusion reduction for overbites
    • Stopping thumb-sucking and pacifier habits
    • Removal of primary teeth that are in the way of adult teeth
  • What are the benefits of interceptive orthodontics?

    Early intervention can:

    • Create space for erupting permanent teeth
    • Guide jaw growth and development
    • Reduce the need for future extractions
    • Shorten the duration of later orthodontic treatment
    • Improve bite function and chewing efficiency
    • Boost self-confidence and social interaction
  • What types of appliances are used in interceptive orthodontics?

    Common appliances include:

    • Palatal expanders: Widen the upper jaw to create space for teeth.
    • Space maintainers: Hold open space for erupting teeth after baby tooth loss.
    • Lip and cheek bumpers: Discourage harmful oral habits.
    • Headgear: Guides jaw growth and corrects jaw relationships.
  • How long does interceptive treatment last?

    Treatment duration varies depending on the individual case. It typically lasts 6 months to 2 years.

  • At what age should a child be evaluated for interceptive orthodontics?

    The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic evaluation by age 7. This allows for early detection and intervention if needed.

More Questions?

If you have any questions about interceptive orthodontic treatment contact us, request an appointment for your child, or explore the other pediatric dental services we offer using the links below.

Grin Pediatric Dentistry – Aurora, CO

18801 E Hampden Ave Ste 178
Aurora, CO 80013
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Hours

Monday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Phone

(720) 399-1227

Grin Pediatric Dentistry – Lakewood, CO

7475 W Colfax Ste 103
Lakewood, CO 80214
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Hours

Monday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Phone

(720) 512-2879

Dental Emergency?

We’re available after hours for emergencies! Our office is located in the same shopping center as Walmart, right across the street from The Home Depot.

Grin Pediatric Dentistry — Northglenn, CO

420 E 120th Ave Unit B-11
Northglenn, CO 80233
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Hours

Monday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Phone

(720) 453-3277

Grin Pediatric Dentistry — Centennial, CO

6870 S University Blvd
Centennial, CO 80122
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Hours

Monday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Phone

(720) 277-5930

(Temporarily Closed) Grin Pediatric Dentistry — Denver, CO

2910 E Colfax Ave. Ste 110
Denver, CO 80206

Hours

Temporarily Closed

Phone

(720) 285-7972

Dental Emergency?

We’re available after hours for emergencies! Our office is located directly across from the Walgreens and Walmart.