Interceptive orthodontics starts and ends during the primary or mixed dentition phase. This type of treatment is habitually used to correct abnormal habits, which can interfere with the normal growth pattern of the face and jaws.
Some malocclusions that arise from habits such as thumb sucking may be corrected by themselves on giving up the habit. Unfortunately, on many other occasions, malocclusions are produced that require orthopaedic treatment, which can be with simple dental devices. Interceptive treatments are aimed, therefore, at the correction of any early alteration, since if no measures are taken, the malocclusion will worsen.
Interceptive orthodontics focuses on the correction of the alterations of malocclusion in primary and mixed dentition and regardless of the seriousness of the problem or mechanic used. Clearly, early treatment must discern the need for treatment plus determine exactly when it should be performed, which is more difficult.
- Give students the skills they need to diagnose dentofacial problems in paediatric patients and assess when to start treatment.
- Create accurate diagnostic records.
- Dental photography, the best diagnostic method to use at the clinic.
- Training and experience in multiple early treatment philosophies.
- Understand the technical skills needed to carry out treatment.
Competences to be acquired by students
Understand how to distinguish between what is normal and what is pathological in primary and mixed dentition.
Learn how to apply basic diagnostic principles to common occlusal changes.