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Interceptive Orthodontics


As a child grows and matures, many indications become apparent to we that your child’s teeth are not developing or growing into normal position and their biting relationships between upper and lower arch may need help to become aligned.


Interceptive orthodontic treatment (commonly referred to as Phase I) allows tooth movement during an early developmental time in your child’s life.  Braces are attached only to a limited number of permanent teeth erupted (usually the incisors and the back permanent molars).


What are the benefits and limitations of Phase I Ortho?


Benefits: minor preventive orthodontic procedures can often prevent major problems from developing later.  Discomfort is reduced, and time and money are often saved.


Limitations: cost to the family and inconvenience are present early in a child’s life.  Occasionally the results of the interceptive procedure cannot be predicted totally until it is accomplished.  The risks are the same as for full orthodontic therapy, but to a lesser degree.


How much does Interceptive Orthodontics cost?

The costs are lower for Interceptive Orthodontics than for full orthodontics because the interceptive therapy is usually much less comprehensive.  We will offer Interceptive Orthodontics to patients who meet the criteria, and then discuss fees based on the level of complexity of each individual case.


What is the result of non- treatment?

If the choice by the parent is non-treatment (or to wait), your child will eventually need full orthodontic treatment, which will cost more than interceptive care.  The treatment will most likely be more difficult because early problems were not corrected or have not decreased in severity.