In the past, most patients did not begin orthodontic treatment until around the ages of twelve to fourteen years old. Now, our Darien pediatric orthodontist, Dr. Victor Pardi, is here to inform you about a new, highly effective, cost-efficient, and practical way of thinking about your child’s orthodontic treatment: interceptive orthodontics. Interceptive orthodontics aims to reduce the amount of treatment needed in the future by working with the way your child’s teeth and mouth are naturally developing, in order to guide the development in the proper direction and prevent more extensive treatments in the future. Interceptive orthodontics, then, essentially works in two main phases.
The first phase of treatment begins in between the ages of seven and eleven years old. During the first, early intervention stage, our Darien pediatric orthodontist often utilizes treatments like arch expansion, which makes more room for permanent teeth to come in, and orthopedic growth appliances, which work to enhance jaw growth and vastly simplify future orthodontic treatments. Once your child is a few years older, our Darien pediatric orthodontist will begin phase two of the treatment. Because of all the work that has been done previous to this phase, it is usually not very extensive orthodontic work, and is also much less expensive. We often recommend interceptive orthodontics for our patients because teenagers tend to be less compliant with treatment, so it is usually best to get a head start and make the later work a much quicker experience. If you think your child could benefit from interceptive orthodontics, all you need to do is schedule an appointment with Dr. Pardi to get started. During this initial appointment, we can take a look at the current state of your child’s teeth, and let you know which interceptive services might be most beneficial in a two phase treatment plan.
Are you looking to learn more about interceptive orthodontics, or any of the other many services provided by our Darien pediatric orthodontist? If so, we encourage you to visit Dr. Pardi’s main website to look through some more detailed information. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact our staff either by phone or online for assistance. Dr. Pardi and the rest of the staff look forward to working with you and your family at our office soon.