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Interceptive Orthodontics: Giving Your Child A Beautiful Smile

Young Girl With BracesIn the past, it was not common for parents to take their children for a dental visit to determine whether or not their preteen needs braces. That's not the case anymore. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontics recommends parents to visit a certified kids' dentist for a dental evaluation before their little ones reach the age of seven.

Early evaluation offers timely detection of potential problems and enables treatment to start right away. This early evaluation of the child’s teeth is known as interceptive orthodontics.

Why Interceptive Orthodontics?

Interceptive orthodontics work to prevent issues with the teeth, mouth, and the right bite. The reason for interceptive orthodontics is to counter the effects of pacifier habits and thumb sucking. Thumb sucking and pacifier habits alter the shape of the jaw bone causing the teeth to grow in a crooked manner.

Also, Children's Crossing Pediatric Dentistry noted that interceptive orthodontics work to create space for permanent teeth to grow.

Orthodontic Appliances in Use for Interceptive Orthodontics

The choice of the orthodontic appliance to use when reducing potential jaw-growth problems depend on the case at hand, and your dentist should advise you on the best ones to use. Some of the common orthopedic appliances are:

  • Palatal expansion appliance: This appliance is effective when a child suffers from a crossbite. The dentist attaches the appliance to the upper back teeth to expand the upper jaw.
  • Fixed functional appliance: This appliance targets the lower and upper molar teeth and prevents excess protrusion of the upper teeth.
  • Headgear: This appliance exerts pressure on the upper jaw and upper teeth to guide the direction of tooth eruption and how the upper jaw should grow. The headgear is a removable device.

A resting period follows after interceptive treatment with to allow permanent teeth to grow in. Meanwhile, the child wears some form of retainer. In few instances will the child need to get comprehensive treatment with braces because the interceptive treatment has already aligned the teeth properly.

Orthodontics at Play: Tips for Musicians and Sports People with Braces

Fixed BracesFixed braces remain the most popular method of straightening teeth, although increasingly both adults and teenagers are also using removable aligners. No matter what type of appliance you use, nor the nature or length of your orthodontic treatment, there are many tips and tricks to ensure that you continue to enjoy life for the duration of your procedure, and reduce the risk of accidental damage or other problems with your brace/aligner.

At Smileworks in Liverpool both discreet fixed braces and removable aligners are used to straighten adults’ teeth. Anyone opting for a fixed appliance will be booked in to see the hygienist to help them learn how to clean around their braces properly.

As well as careful cleaning after every meal, possibly using interdental brushes or floss threaders to clean beneath brace wires, and avoiding sticky foods (eg toffee) or hard foods (carrots, French bread) so as not to damage your brace, it is always worth considering the impact your brace could have on your lifestyle – and how best to minimise it.

People who play contact sports are often concerned about what to do whilst wearing a brace. Participation in sport is continuing to increase across the country, and is a great way to stay fit and healthy. However, being hit by a cricket or rugby ball or being involved in a bad tackle playing football could cause serious damage to a brace. For that reason, a sports mouthguard is recommended.

Most dentists believe that a properly-fitted mouthguard should be worn at all times when playing or training for sport, but it is particularly important when wearing braces, to avoid breaking the brace as well as cutting or damaging your mouth.

Brass and wind musicians also often worry about how their appliance will affect their technique and ability to play. Whilst it is true that it often requires a bit of adaptation of technique to continue to play to the same high standard during orthodontic treatment, most people adapt quickly.

Those playing instruments such as the clarinet, flute, or bassoon usually find it easy to adapt. Trumpeters and trombonists may struggle to hit the high notes at first, but with practice shouldn’t experience too much trouble.