Early Treatment and Interceptive Orthodontics

Interceptive treatment is performed on young, growing children in order to deal with issues such as misaligned jaws, severely overcrowded or protruding teeth or to correct harmful oral habits as early as possible. Delivered between the ages of 7 and 9, treatment typically lasts between 8 and 12 months. It often makes later treatment much less complicated.

The treatment

Moira Wong is a leading consultant trained orthodontist and specialist in interceptive treatment.

Moira recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age seven. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but careful examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment. This early treatment is aimed at preventing or “intercepting” more serious problems.

Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment.

Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not required in the short term, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment at the ideal time.

Why is age 7 considered the optimal time for screening?

By the time your child is seven years old the first adult molars will have erupted, establishing the back bite. At this time, we can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, overcrowding or “gummy” smiles. Timely screening increases the chances for a wonderful smile and the avoidance of braces during the teen years.

The advantages of interceptive treatment

Benefits of interceptive treatment include:

  • Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
  • Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
  • Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  • Preserving space for unerupted teeth
  • Reducing the need for tooth removal
  • Reducing treatment time with braces
  • Faster treatment
  • Less teenage angst!

Try on braces

If you’d like to find out how your child’s smile would look with different style braces, as well as roughly how long the treatment would take and the approximate cost, use the link below for a complimentary virtual consultation with an orthodontist. You will need:


After you submit your photos they will be reviewed by one of our orthodontists. Within 24 to 72h you will receive a link with the report and the before & after previews, as well as a visual demonstration of different braces over your little one’s teeth.

* The virtual consultation provides a rough estimation of treatment duration and cost but contains insufficient clinical information. Final treatment time and exact price can only be obtained after an in-clinic consultation with one of our specialist orthodontists.

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