What is the difference between preventive and interceptive orthodontics?

Many of the procedures are common in preventive and interceptive orthodontics, but times vary. Preventive procedures are carried out in anticipation of the development of a problem, while interceptive procedures are taken when the problem has already occurred. Orthodontists specialize in treatments to prevent or reduce the severity of the development of malocclusions by maintaining the quality of an otherwise healthy developing oral structure. Interceptive and preventive orthodontics is the sum of all the orthodontic solutions available for children ages 6 to 9 to help stop the onset or worsening of dysmorphia.

By using a dental appliance that discourages thumb sucking, expensive orthodontic treatment can be prevented in the future. If you want to maintain or correct your child's bite before all of their permanent teeth come out, it may be time to ask your dentist about preventive and interceptive orthodontics. Interceptive treatment is necessary to prevent the development of problems that could cause serious dental cases.