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Interceptive Braces in Dallas,TX

Dr. Evans provides interceptive orthodontic treatment including interceptive braces in Dallas, Texas for problems that, if left untreated, could lead to the development of more serious dental problems over time 

What are Interceptive Braces?

Interceptive braces are dental appliances used in children whose permanent teeth have not yet completely erupted. Rather than straightening the teeth, these braces alter the size and shape of the jaw to prevent crowding from happening in the first place.

Interceptive braces describe a number of apparatuses including:

  • Space maintainers, which are used to hold the space open for future teeth
  • Palatal expanders that make the upper dental arch broader
  • Retainers, which maintain the alignment of teeth

Benefits of Interceptive Braces

  • Can prevent the need for actual braces later
  • Customized for each patient’s mouth
  • Less cumbersome than braces
  • Allow children to participate in sports or other activities freely

Interceptive Braces Before & After

By looking at these before and after photographs of patients who have worn interceptive braces, you can see how well they work to prevent future overcrowding. Your child may experience different results, as no two treatments are the same.

How are Interceptive Braces Performed?

Dr. Evans will use gentle pressure to move your child’s teeth to their new, corrected positions.

Brackets are then placed on your teeth along with an archwire. When the archwire is placed into the brackets, it tries to return to its original shape. This applied pressure moves your teeth into their new, corrected positions.

Although every case is different, generally speaking, patients wear braces from one to three years.

Preparing for Interceptive Braces

Before having interceptive braces, your child will need to undergo a consultation with Dr. Evans, who will determine the extent of necessary treatment. He may also recommend specific dental treatments ahead of time, to ensure the health of the teeth.

In order to successfully complete the treatment plan the patient must carefully clean his or her teeth, wear rubber bands, headgear or other appliances as prescribed by the orthodontist, avoid foods that might damage braces and keep appointments as scheduled.

Interceptive Braces Recovery

Most dental appliances used in interceptive orthodontic treatment are placed in a single sitting. An adjustment period is required to allow your child to get used to wearing the appliance. During this time, he or she may prefer to eat soft foods, as chewing can sometimes be difficult.

How Much Do Interceptive Braces Cost?

The earlier treatment begins, the less interceptive braces will cost. Your orthodontic treatment is an investment that will last a lifetime. We work hard to keep costs affordable. Please see our financing page for insurance and payment information.

Are Interceptive Braces Right for Me?

Patients should start with a dental screening. As determined during this screening, some patients may be at a higher risk for developing dental problems. These patients include the following:

  • Patients who sucked on their thumbs or fingers as a baby
  • Patients who experienced an early loss of their primary teeth
  • Patients who lack proper nutrition
  • Patients who lack good dental hygiene skills
  • Patients who have had dental accidents

Why Choose Dr. Scott Evans Orthodontic, Family, & Cosmetic Dentistry?

The mission of our practice is to provide the most up-to-date orthodontic care to our patients in a comfortable atmosphere.

  • Dr. Scott Evans has extensive experience as both an orthodontist and a general dentist.
  • He is devoted to helping children get a head start on early orthodontic care
  • Our practice uses state-of-the-art technology and treatment techniques

What to Expect During Your Consultation

The initial appointment will be a time to gather records and talk about your case or your child’s case.

  • Dr. Evans will do an initial exam of the gums, teeth, and jaws, and discuss his findings.
  • All treatment options are explained thoroughly, and Dr. Evans welcomes your questions.
  • Once you decide upon a treatment plan, payment options are discussed.

It is never too early to ensure your child has a winning smile. To schedule a consultation contact us today.

Written by Scott Evans, DDS February 28, 2013