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Interceptive Braces in Dallas, TX

Getting an early start with orthodontic care can increase a patient’s chances of having a healthy set of straighter teeth later in life. Patients living in Dallas, Irving and the surrounding communities who would like to get a head start on early orthodontic care can visit Dr. Scott Evans to learn more about interceptive braces.

What are interceptive braces?

Interceptive braces are typically used in patients, who may still have a combination of primary teeth and adult teeth and who may exhibit indications of dental problems such as crowding, spacing, tooth protrusion, or missing teeth. The purpose of interceptive braces is to “intercept” a potential future problem by fixing it early, thus resulting in a healthier set of teeth later in life. Because a patient’s teeth may not all be permanent at this age, the goal of interceptive braces is to realign the jaw, rather than reconfigure the teeth, which is easier to do at an earlier age.

Who is a good candidate for interceptive braces?

Patients should start with a dental screening. As determined during this screening, some patients may be at a higher risk for developing dental problems. These patients include the following:

  • Patients who sucked on their thumbs or fingers as a baby
  • Patients who experienced an early loss of their primary teeth
  • Patients who lack proper nutrition
  • Patients who lack good dental hygiene skills
  • Patients who have had dental accidents

What are the advantages of interceptive braces?

The biggest advantage of interceptive braces is that it can treat a problem earlier in life, rather than having to wait until the patient is older, which was the standard of care several years ago. By this time, all of the permanent teeth are developed, and tooth extraction may be needed before the orthodontic care can begin.

Interceptive braces can often be used to create more space in a patient’s mouth to allow for their secondary teeth to grow, thus preventing an overcrowding issue. In addition, this type of orthodontic care can prevent thepatient from having to endure longer, more expensive and invasive types of treatment later in life.

What are the disadvantages of interceptive braces?

One of the disadvantages of interceptive braces is that it is only a first step in the treatment of dental problems and does not eliminate the need for more orthodontic care in the future. In fact, some patients may experience a need for a second phase of treatment for maximum results, though interactive braces may decrease the length and severity of future treatments.

Getting a head start on building and maintaining a healthy set of teeth is easier than ever thanks to interceptive braces. To find out more about this type of orthodontic care, patients in Dallas, Irving, and the surrounding communities in Texas can call Dr. Scott Evans at 214-506-0054.