Prevention with interceptive orthodontics

It is commonly recognized that prevention guarantees thriving health, and dentistry offers a growing number of treatments that reflect this principle. Centre dentaire de Gatineau believes that early intervention is better than solving a problem when the situation starts to deteriorate.

For example, Centre dentaire de Gatineau has made orthodontic treatments available to 7-year-olds. This strategy avoids surgery and extraction of permanent teeth in adolescence or adulthood. Interceptive orthodontics seeks to stop the progression of a situation that could gain scope and reach a critical stage.

Interceptive orthodontics seeks to treat and correct malocclusions or arches that are too narrow. It also addresses excessively wide gaps between teeth or overlapping or misaligned teeth. In other words, the orthodontist’s role is to stay alert to potential problems that could arise later in the patient’s life and remedy them as soon as possible. This will lead to more interesting results and minimize the risks of more complex procedures.

However, a more targeted treatment may be necessary after preventive treatment. Intervening at the primary stage will mainly serve to simplify the intervention process and shorten the period of care that eventually will be provided to the patients.


Orthodontic treatments are used to align a patient’s teeth and jaws in order to improve function and appearance.

What causes malocclusion?

  • Missing teeth
  • Crooked or crossed teeth
  • Protruding teeth
  • Narrow jaw

These conditions can lead to chewing difficulties, premature wearing down of teeth and a predisposition to cavities.

How do braces work?

Small metal brackets are glued to your teeth. They’re connected by a wire held in place with elastics or metal fasteners. Braces are also known as fixed orthodontic appliances.

On average, patients wear braces for two years. During that time, your dentist or orthodontist will adjust the tension on the wires to shift your teeth to the desired position.

Palate expanders

If your upper dental arch is too narrow, you may experience orthodontic problems. A palate expander can make your arch wider and more balanced. Palate expanders are used as an interceptive procedure.

How do palate expanders work?

The palate consists of two bones that are fused together in the middle. We can expand a patient’s palate by moving these bones apart using a custom-made palate expander.

There are two steps in this treatment: the activation phase and the immobilization phase. The first phase typically lasts two to three weeks, while the second phase lasts about 3 months (long enough for bone recalcification to occur).

Palate expanders are typically prescribed as part of a phase 1 treatment. Subsequent treatments are usually needed to correct the position of teeth.

For more details on orthodontics and interceptive orthodontics, please contact Centre dentaire de Gatineau at 819-663-8338. Our staff will be happy to assess your needs. We look forward to meeting you!