Early Interceptive Orthodontics

The Value of Interceptive Orthodontics

Tooth alignment, or occlusion, describes the relationship between your upper and lower teeth as you bite down. Malocclusion, or an imbalanced bite, can often manifest itself in early childhood, while your child’s teeth, jawbone, and maxillofacial structures are still developing. If ignored, a child’s teeth and structures can grow further out of alignment, and the consequences can be profound, including damaged, worn, and potentially lost teeth. The discrepancy can also increase your child’s risks of snoring and sleep disordered breathing, which often result from abnormally formed oral tissues. Early interceptive orthodontics is the art of customized, conservative orthodontic treatment to help set a child’s oral and maxillofacial development back on the right track, before the condition worsens. In many cases, early interceptive orthodontics can make orthodontic correction easier as the child grows older, or eliminate the need for further orthodontic treatment completely.

With early interceptive orthodontics, we can help ensure that your child’s oral and maxillofacial development remains on track, and that malocclusion doesn’t lead to issues such as TMJ disorder, sleep disordered breathing, and more. To learn more, schedule an appointment with Dr. Bellisario or Dr. Pizzi by calling our dental office in Del Mar, CA, today at 858-755-0187.