Interceptive Orthodontic Treatment
The term “Interceptive orthodontic treatment” refers to treatment carried out generally in the mixed dentition ( normally around 7-10 years old). This treatment can involve planned extraction of deciduous teeth, simple orthodontic plates, partial fixed appliances ( 2×4 technique) or both. The treatment can be carried out for a variety of reasons:
1. To stop or modify habits which could distort the teeth and jaws.
2. To try and align the permanent teeth as they erupt and thereby avoid the need for more complex (and expensive) orthodontic treatment later on.
3. To improve the alignment of the teeth and jaws such that even if more complex treatment is needed later, the results and the stability of that treatment would be greatly improved.