Intervention in interception
When certain problems are already present in mixed dentition or at an early age, it may be necessary to intervene at this time to prevent the situation from worsening to the point of damaging the teeth, supporting tissues (bone and gum), or affecting jaw growth. Here are some examples of conditions that may benefit and require early interception:
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Phase 1 intervention
These types of interventions are often called “Phase 1” or “preliminary” treatments because they usually need to be followed by other corrections later. Preliminary treatments at an early age:
As we monitor the development of your child’s teeth, we will be able to explain what may be required to achieve aesthetic and functional teeth.
Examples of interception procedures in orthodontics
Anterior cross occlusion may occur as soon as the upper incisors erupt (around 7-8 years of age), which then bite behind the lower teeth.