Interceptive orthodontcs

Interceptive orthodontics is performed for problems that, if left untreated, could or will lead to more serious dental and orthodontic problems over time. The goal is to reduce or eliminate the cause of the developing malocclusion or crooked teeth.

Examples of interceptive orthodontics may include to attempted elimination of thumb/finger habits, elimination and/or correction of poor oral posture and tongue posture with oral myofunctional therapy with a trained oral myologist. It may also include the use of different expansion and sagital appliances or Biobloc orthotropics (http://www.orthotropics-na.org/public/department13.cfm) to help develop the jaws and teeth, and help direct their growth and positions to their most ideal genetic position.

Interceptive orthodontics may also include Dr. Dodson referring your child to an Ear Nose and Throat specialist M.D., for evaluation and treatment of a compromised airway. This is to allow for proper nasal breathing. If your child is unable to breathe properly through their nose, it leads to mouth breathing. This breathing through the mouth leads to poor tongue position; and the lip, cheek and swallowing muscles also do not operate correctly. This altered oral posture leads to crowded, constricted arches, and unfavorable vertical growth of the face and jaws.

Dr Dodson will evaluate your child for many of these different factors, and his recommendations may include one or all of the above listed options. The ultimate goal of early intervention interceptive orthodontics is to develop the arches and face to its full capacity and avoid the extraction of permanent teeth on your child later, that is done in order to get the teeth in the mouth straight. This avoidance of tooth extraction later in their teens, (and the concomitant constriction of the arches that follows permanent teeth extraction for orthodontics), along with the lateral and forward development of the face and jaws will hopefully avoid the future development of snoring and sleep apnea as an adult. And the avoidance of sleep apnea will hopefully help avoid all the concomitant medical problems that come with sleep apnea.

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