You may have heard your child’s Southgate orthodontist mention the possibility of interceptive orthodontics for your child. This treatment is often the first phase of orthodontics, that may not eliminate a later need for braces, a retainer or other orthodontics, but can shorten the second treatment phase.

Benefits of Interceptive Orthodontics

Having early treatment with a West Bloomfield or Taylor, MI orthodontist may help your child avoid developing serious dental problems. In addition, interceptive orthodontics can minimize later phase treatment, allowing your Southgate orthodontist the opportunity to:

  • Guide jaw growth to create symmetry
  • Reduce the risk of damage to protruding front teeth
  • Correct damaging oral habits
  • Guide adult teeth into a more appropriate position
  • Adjust lip alignment
  • Make room for overcrowded teeth
  • Reduce or eliminate the need for tooth extraction
  • Shorten the treatment time of future orthodontic treatments

Why Do Children Need Interceptive Orthodontics?

Besides improving a child’s aesthetic appearance, early orthodontic care can correct malocclusions. These conditions occur when a tooth or the jaw is misaligned. Left untreated, malocclusions can negatively impact how a child smiles, chews, cleans his or her teeth, and even the child’s self-esteem. If teeth are too crowded, it can be difficult to brush and floss efficiently. This can eventually lead to tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. Protruding teeth are more prone to accidental damages, like chips.

To protect your child’s smile and to ensure proper jaw and bite alignment, discuss your concerns with your pediatric dentist at our Taylor or West Bloomfield, MI office so we can assess your child’s smile and go over treatment options.

Interceptive Orthodontics
Dr. Jason Golnick

Dr. Jason Golnick

DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery)

Dr. Jason M. Golnick received his DDS degree and his MS degree in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Michigan. He is a C.S. Mott Fellow in Pediatric Dentistry and has served as a adjunct clinical professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics at the University of Michigan, School of Dentistry. Dr. Jason Golnick is an active staff member of Oakwood Hospital and the Detroit Medical Center / Childrens Hospital of Michigan,

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