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29 Jan 2024 CPD Programme
Interceptive Orthodontic Treatment in Growing Children
Programme
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Programme
Speakers
Dr Au Hung On, Adam
Abstract

Interceptive orthodontic treatment in growing children is a proactive approach that aims to address and correct orthodontic problems at an early stage, during the child's growth and development. This treatment strategy focuses on intercepting and minimizing the severity of dental and skeletal irregularities before they become more complex and difficult to manage in the future.

The primary goal of interceptive orthodontics is to guide the natural growth and development of the child's teeth and jaws, thereby optimizing their occlusion (bite) and overall oral health. By identifying and treating specific orthodontic issues early on, such as crowding, crossbites, excessive overjet (protrusion), or thumb sucking habits, interceptive orthodontics can help prevent the need for more extensive and invasive interventions later in life, such as tooth extractions or jaw surgery.

The timing of interceptive orthodontic treatment is crucial, as it takes advantage of the child's ongoing growth and development to achieve optimal results. The treatment may involve the use of various appliances and techniques, such as myofunctional appliances, removable or fixed braces, palatal expanders, or habit-breaking devices, depending on the specific needs of the child.

Research has shown that interceptive orthodontic treatment in growing children can provide several benefits, including shorter treatment duration, improved facial aesthetics, enhanced self-esteem, and reduced risk of dental trauma. Additionally, early intervention can help create more favourable conditions for permanent teeth eruption, leading to a more harmonious and stable occlusion in the long term.

Date
29 Jan 2024
Time
19:00 - 20:30
Venue
LT1, The Prince Philip Dental Hospital, Hong Kong
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