Valley Family Orthodontics

Interceptive Orthodontics in Chilliwack

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Interceptive Orthodontics

At Valley Family Dentistry, we are pleased to offer interceptive orthodontics. Treating orthodontic problems early—while children’s mouths are still developing—helps prevent more severe dental problems later in life. Interceptive orthodontics can begin for children between the ages of seven and eleven while their teeth are still developing and before all the adult teeth have erupted. Addressing orthodontic issues early on can prevent the need for braces and extractions in adolescence.

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Creating Beautiful, Healthy Smiles

The goal of interceptive orthodontics is to create healthy, beautiful smiles for your children and fewer orthodontic procedures over time. Catching development concerns early on, before all the adult teeth erupt, can prevent your child from requiring oral surgery or braces in their adolescence or adulthood. You can book a consultation with our orthodontist to learn more about creating beautiful, healthy smiles that will last a lifetime.

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Dr. Reza Aran

Certified Specialist in Orthodontics


What Is Interceptive Orthodontics?

We highly recommend that children visit an orthodontist by the age of seven for an orthodontic evaluation. If there are concerns regarding alignment or spacing, our orthodontist can monitor and proactively treat the problem. The purpose is to help correct bite and alignment issues before they fully develop and correct the growth of the jaw, minimizing the need for other orthodontic treatments later in life.

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How Interceptive Orthodontics Works

There are a few treatment options that fall under the interceptive orthodontics umbrella. Your orthodontist will recommend a treatment plan specific to your child’s unique development, which could include treatments such as:

  • Upper jaw expansion to prevent crossbite.
  • Jaw expansion to make space for overcrowded teeth.
  • Protection of space for permanent teeth in the case of premature baby tooth loss.
  • Early removal of baby teeth to provide room for eruption of permanent teeth.
  • Minimizing the size of the upper incisors to prevent fractures from trauma.


What Does Interceptive Orthodontics Prevent?

Misaligned teeth can lead to several problems as your children grow into adulthood. Crossbites can result in teeth that erupt crooked or wear unevenly, causing sensitive issues and chewing complications. Teeth that protrude are also at risk for accidental chipping. Crowded and misaligned teeth are more difficult to brush and floss, creating a higher risk for tooth decay and periodontal disease.

Traditional orthodontic procedures can fix some of these issues, but there are cases where tooth extraction or oral surgery will be necessary. Interceptive orthodontics aims to prevent these problems from developing in the first place by taking more minimally invasive action early on in your child’s life.

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Who Is Eligible for Interceptive Orthodontics?

Interceptive orthodontics appointments can begin as early as age seven, allowing the orthodontist to monitor your child’s jaw and teeth development. The early treatment is often called Phase One, while treatment after eleven is often called Phase Two. If your child is at risk for a misaligned bite, has overcrowded teeth, or if our dental team has concerns about the development of the jaw, your child might be a good candidate for interceptive orthodontics.


What Is the Cost of Interceptive Orthodontics?

The cost of interceptive orthodontics depends on the type of treatment, the number of appointments necessary, and whether the patient has insurance coverage or not. Since each plan is different, it’s important to consult your policy to determine how much coverage you have. Our office accepts an assignment from most dental insurance benefits, allowing us to bill your insurer directly when possible.
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The Benefits of Interceptive Orthodontics

The main benefit of interceptive orthodontics is correcting orthodontic problems before the teeth and jawbone finish developing. Correcting overcrowded teeth or jaw alignments as an adult can be more complex and involve tooth extractions or oral surgery. Preventing the problems from developing can save your child from complex procedures as an adult. Interceptive orthodontics can even eliminate the need for braces or alignment procedures for teenagers.

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