Early Intervention Specialist

Rad Orthodontics

Orthodontics located in Bethesda, MD, College Park, MD, Potomac, MD & Rockville, MD

Early intervention is a great way to take control of orthodontic issues before they develop into a more serious problem. At Rad Orthodontics in College Park, Potomac, and Bethesda, Maryland, parents have access to a team of highly skilled orthodontic professionals who can work to ensure your child’s teeth and bone tissue are developing properly. Learn more during an initial consultation. Online booking is one option, or you can always call to speak with a member of the administrative staff.

Early Intervention Q & A

What does early intervention mean?

Just as with many aspects of medicine, the term early intervention is used to describe an approach that identifies areas of concern in the earliest stages. This is usually when treatment is more effective, so early intervention is a great way to avoid bigger issues down the road. 

In terms of orthodontic needs, early intervention focuses on assessing your child’s bone and teeth development. The skilled professionals at Rad Orthodontics perform thorough exams using state-of-the-art technology. This allows your team to gain a more in-depth understanding of the specific needs your child may have. 

What types of early intervention treatments are available?

One of the most common approaches to early intervention is called a two-phase treatment. The process focuses on creating the room needed for your child’s permanent teeth to come in properly. 

Treatment usually begins around the ages between six and eight. At this point, your child’s facial growth is still underway. Your specialist works to guide that development in a way that creates optimal jaw alignment and prevents crowding, impaction, and tooth displacement. 

The next phase involves using braces or clear aligners to gently reposition your child’s teeth. This process takes place after all their permanent teeth have emerged through the gum tissue. Once you and your practitioner are happy with the results, your child wears a retainer to help preserve the effects. 

Why not wait to see an orthodontist until after all of my child’s permanent teeth have come in?

Correcting orthodontic problems is easier before your child’s face and jaw are fully developed. As your child moves closer to full bone and teeth development, making adjustments becomes more challenging. At a certain point, some modifications will no longer be possible. 

Waiting until all of your child’s permanent teeth have come in can complicate their future orthodontic needs. By scheduling an assessment around the age of seven or at the first sign of a problem, your child’s orthodontist is better able to create an effective treatment plan. 

Can surgery play a role in early intervention?

If your child has extensive orthodontic needs like jaw bone abnormalities, misalignment, or malocclusion, surgical intervention can be a good treatment option. Rad Orthodontics has specialists on staff who can create outstanding results in even the most complex cases. 

While surgery can be the right fit for some, early intervention can usually create impressive outcomes without surgical intervention. That process begins with a comprehensive orthodontic assessment, which can be booked online or over the phone in just minutes.