Article: Volume 14 Number 3 Page 163 - July 2021

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  Orth Update 2021; 14: 163-167

Orthodontics:  History of interceptive orthodontics

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Abstract: Interceptive orthodontics refers to all interventions and treatments that can be performed during the primary or mixed dentition with the aim of eliminating or minimizing dento-alveolar and skeletal disharmonies that can interfere with the normal growth and development of occlusion, function, aesthetics and the psychological wellbeing of children. The main purpose of interceptive orthodontics is to prepare an environment that will not interfere with the occlusal development in order to reduce the future need for prolonged complex mechanical orthodontic treatment. According to the American Association of Orthodontics the most suitable age for screening the paediatric population for interceptive intervention is 7 years of age.

Clinical relevance: To review the progress made in the field of interceptive orthodontics and discuss the current principles of early orthodontic intervention.

Author notes: Alan Tsipkis, DDS, Orthodontic Registrar, Eastman Dental Hospital, London. Joseph Noar, MSc, BDS, FDSRCS(Ed), FDSRCS(Eng), DOrthRCS(Eng), MOrthRCS(Eng), FHEA, Consultant Orthodontist, Eastman Dental Hospital, London. Email:

Objective: The reader should gain knowledge of the current principles of early orthodontic intervention and the progress made in the field.