The Magic of a Smile

Phase I (Interceptive therapy)

Interceptive therapy (or phase I) aims to adjust mainly skeletal disharmonies that can evolve and worsen over the years. The principal aims of that therapy are: balancing skeletal growth, supporting permanent tooth eruption and stopping bad habits. That step of the treatment is carried out when the child is between 6 and 9 years of age and its duration is about 1 year. Later there is a step of monitoring with periodic check-ups: sometimes in this period of time the strategic removal of deciduous teeth is recommended to speed or favor the eruption of corresponding permanent teeth. We then decide whether another step of the treatment is necessary (Phase II)).

Only few cases require an interceptive therapy (so an early treatment): during the first visit the Doctor suggests this sort of hint to the parents (see Section new patients - Diagnostic path). We suggest taking the child to the Orthodontic office as soon as possible, in particular if there is one of the above conditions:
-Posterior monolateral crossbite (see Section New Patients - Frequent Malocclusions in the child)
-Posterior bilateral crossbite (see Section New Patients - Frequent Malocclusions in the child)
-Anterior crossbite (see Section New Patients - Frequent Malocclusions in the child)
-Overjet >8mm (Severe class II division I) (see Section New Patient - Frequent Malocclusions in the child)
-Long-standing bad habits (thumb-sucking, dummy teat-sucking, inferior lip interposition, etc.)
-Early loss of deciduous teeth or delayed eruption of permanent teeth
-Tooth dimension out of proportion compared to adjoining structures

At the ending of interceptive therapy, teeth will not be in their definitive position: it will be necessary to wait for the end of the replacement period (with the eruption of all permanent teeth). Phase II treatment may be required to reach all the other aims of the orthodontic treatment.

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