Interceptive Orthodontics


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Habit Appliance


A habit appliance is useful to help stop a thumb or finger habit and/or to help re-train an improper tongue position or swallowing pattern. It is sometimes necessary to place an appliance to minimize the harm and distortion the habits or tongue posture can have on teeth. Most habit appliances are banded for adhesion to the back molars and are not removable.


Space Maintenance


Baby teeth act as a guide for the eruption of the permanent teeth. If a primary (baby) tooth (typically a molar) is lost prematurely, a space maintainer can hold the space open for the permanent tooth. Made of stainless steel and/or plastic and either removable or fixed, a space maintainer will help prevent other teeth from drifting into an empty tooth space that has been created by the early loss of primary (baby) teeth.


Orthodontic Screenings and Referrals


The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child see an orthodontist by age 7, and perhaps earlier if a an orthodontic concern is identified. During your child’s regular check up visits, we will perform orthodontic screenings and can provide any necessary referrals when appropriate. Early orthodontic treatment can reduce treatment times and improve your child’s overall orthodontic results.