Early (Interceptive) Orthodontic Care It's never too early to keep an eye on your child's oral development. Our doctors can identify malocclusion (crowded or crooked teeth) or bite problems and actively intervene to guide the teeth as they emerge in the mouth. Interceptive (or phase 1) orthodontic treatment can prevent more extensive treatment later. Our doctors check the progress of your child’s bite and jaw development with routine dental examinations. This early assessment of your child’s teeth may prevent extensive orthodontic work in his/her future. Our office works with orthodontic offices throughout the area and will make a timely referral when conditions indicate it.