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Interceptive Ortho for Jaw Development and Sleep Apnea
When your child comes in for an appointment at Madison Family Dental, we look at lots of different things – including how their teeth and jaw are developing. We offer interceptive orthodontics for our young patients.
This type of orthodontia focuses on jaw development as opposed to just teeth alignment. By taking advantage of your child’s growth period, we can position the jaw properly early on and make it easier to straighten teeth in the long run.
We can start as early as the age of five. This process, usually involving an in-mouth appliance that is turned to create expansion, works best when kids are younger because their jawbone is easier to move around. It can often be completed in six months to a year.
There are more benefits to expanding the jaw than just making room for straight permanent teeth – interceptive ortho can also help with sleep apnea.
Many young children with narrow jaws experience breathing problems during sleep because they don’t have enough room to properly position their tongue. Expanding the jaw can open up their airway and also improve speech and overall health.