At The Brace Place, we recommend seeing patients starting at eight years of age to help identify alignment issues and to talk with parents and caregivers about the options for interceptive treatments in Joplin, Missouri. If you have concerns about your child’s bite or would like to schedule them for an orthodontic screening with Dr. Richard Joseph, call 417-782-1500 and a member of our team will be happy to help you plan your visit. While your child’s teeth may appear straight, dental problems may develop that only a trained professional can accurately diagnose and treat. Interceptive orthodontic treatment is used to identify problems in your child’s oral development in order to provide preventive treatments as early as possible. Early preventive care can often reduce or entirely eliminate a number of potential problems that may worsen with time, including:

· Jaw misalignment
· Harmful oral habits (such as finger or thumb sucking)
· Trauma due to protruding front teeth
· Airway issues Additionally, interceptive orthodontics can help to guide your child’s teeth and jaws into the correct positions as they develop to ensure that they can enjoy proper oral function as well as a healthy and well-balanced smile that will boost his or her confidence.

Early preventive care can make future orthodontic treatments shorter and less complicated, and in many cases produce better results than treatments that are provided later on in your child’s life. Please call our office today for more information about interceptive orthodontics and schedule your child’s appointment with our caring orthodontist.