Preventive procedures: Prior even to the start of active orthodontic treatment
Starting at age 6, certain clinical situations require particular attention. Here are a few examples:
- Premature loss of the primary teeth (long before the equivalent adult teeth have come in)
- One or more teeth missing (congenital absence)
- One or more extra teeth (supernumerary teeth)
Here are two illustrated examples of interceptive treatment:
These are fixed and passive devices, meaning that they do not correct the teeth orthodontically, but ensure that the space left by the premature loss of a primary tooth can be maintained until the permanent tooth has fully come in.
Tiny platforms that are precisely angled and are placed on the primary teeth to help the lower jaw move in the desired direction.
These planes aid the upper teeth and bottom teeth in coming together, and they gently introduce correction and more optimal jaw development.
Following this unique procedure, the child will have a follow-up appointment (to check growth and development, as well as the emergence of the permanent teeth). An orthodontic treatment will then be recommended in due course.