Early Interceptive Treatment

By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, the Snow Orthodontic Team can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding or gummy smiles.

Timely screening increases the chances for an incredible smile. In many cases we will recommend putting off treatment until the child has grown more, but there are some situations best treated at a younger age. Your complimentary initial exam will give us the opportunity to evaluate the child’s orthodontic condition and get you the answers you need.

Some of the most direct results of interceptive (also called early or phase one) treatment are:

  • 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
  • Reducing treatment time with braces