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Interceptive Treatment

 

Some orthodontic problems need to be treated before all permanent teeth erupt. When patients have mixed teeth (some permanent teeth and some baby teeth) it is important to protect the permanent teeth that are already erupted and provide enough space for those unerupted permanent teeth.

However, since not all permanent teeth are erupted patients only need partial braces with limited treatment that selectively correct few important problems. The treatment time usually lasts 6 months to a year. Patients may need another orthodontic treatment later on when patients have all permanent teeth.

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Some of the problems that need interceptive treatments are

 

Front teeth cross bite (lower front teeth cover the upper front teeth) - Front teeth cross bite may lead to undesirable wear or fracture of the front teeth. Upper front teeth may need protection from such trauma.

  Front teeth open bite (upper and lower teeth do not touch) - Early open bite may lead to speech problems and undesirable eating habit. Tongue thrusting usually accompanies this problem which leads to spacing of front teeth as well.
  Abnormal delay of tooth eruption - Sometimes a tooth that needs to come through the gum gets stuck inside of the bone. It needs guidance of eruption to be placed on the right position.
  Loss of eruption space - All permanent teeth need space to come through. Sometimes there is not enough space for a permanent tooth for eruption. Braces can create space for that tooth.

 

There may be other problems that require treatment before patients have all their permanent teeth. The nature of the problem and severity of the problem will dictate whether a patient needs an interceptive treatment or wait until patient have full set of permanent teeth. Thorough evaluation and consultation are needed for these cases.
 
 
 
 
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