Office Hours

Monday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Tuesday: 7:30am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:30am - 12:00pm
Thursday: 7:30am - 5:00pm
Friday: 8:30am - 4:00pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday:Closed

 

Katy Office

810 S. Mason Rd. Ste 290
Katy, TX 77450
Phone: (281) 206-4443

Richmond Office

26440 FM 1093, #B100
Richmond TX 77406
Phone: (281) 725-6189

Interceptive Orthodontics

Historically, most patients did not commence orthodontic treatment until all of their permanent teeth had erupted and then had a malocclusion diagnosed and addressed at the age of about 12-14. Waiting this long often necessitated the extraction of several permanent teeth in order to create space for orthodontic movement. More extensive movement necessitated the use of headgear and other orthodontic appliances. It was noted that teen cooperation in wearing such appliances was often problematic.

Interceptive orthodontics is a technique and philosophy which was developed to address certain orthodontic problems between the ages of 7-11. This early intervention and phased treatment can result in fewer extracted teeth and better patient compliance.

Some of the techniques used in this interceptive orthodontic phase include arch expansion, which allows more room for permanent teeth and orthopedic growth appliances which enhance jaw growth and make later orthodontic treatment much simpler.

These early interventions act as Phase 1 of a two step orthodontic treatment. Phase 2 will occur closer to the time when standard orthodontics generally takes place. Interceptive orthodontic techniques will allow Phase 2 of the treatment to become simpler, less extensive and less expensive than it otherwise would have been.