0850 – 1030
Early interceptive treatment is orthodontic treatment performed at an early age during the early mixed dentition and before the establishment of the permanent dentition. Children as early as 6 years old can exhibit significant crowding, severe dentofacial discrepancies, and facial asymmetries. Patients that present with these problems are good candidates for early orthodontic/dentofacial orthopaedic evaluation and treatment.
Fundamental objectives of early intervention
- Normalization of skeletal dysplasias and asymmetries
- Promote appropriate jaw size to encourage the proper eruption of the permanent teeth
- Develop optimum alveolar bone support and appropriate buccal root torque/angulation for permanent teeth
- Recognition of upper airway obstruction and establishment of upper airway patency
- Improvement of occlusal function
- Intervention and termination of recalcitrant habits (i.e., thumb and finger sucking)
- Utilization of future growth
- Recognition of excessive growth, i.e. the mandible
Educational aims and objectives
This lecture aims to discuss the fundamental objectives of early interceptive orthodontic treatment.
- Recognize some fundamental objectives of early interceptive treatment.
- Identify early interceptive orthodontic treatment plans.
- Realize some consequences of delaying interceptive treatment.
- Recognize some specific elements for normalization of the dentofacial components.