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Dental Braces for Kids and the Palate Expander


Orthodontic Provider Recommends the First Orthodontic Evaluation at Age 7

It would seem obvious that braces on kids should start when they get all their permanent teeth. This is usually around age 11-13. However, for many kids, starting treatment at this age is too late. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that parents bring in the kids for an orthodontic evaluation at age 7.

Any treatment started at this early age is considered Phase I treatment. Full braces on all the permanent teeth between the ages of 11-13 or thereafter is subsequently called Phase II treatment. There are many benefits to starting treatment early. However, the greatest benefit is obtained by taking advantage of the child’s growth to help develop the jaws properly.

As doctors, we often find that the upper and/or lower jaws are underdeveloped at the early ages. This is where early intervention is critical to help develop the jaws to where they should be at that child’s age. One of the most common interventions is the palate expander.

The palate expander works by widening the upper jaw. As the upper jaw develops, it widens and grows forward. However, when the growth of the upper jaw is inadequate, it causes the upper jaw to be narrow leading to crowding which affects the bite and the development of the lower jaw. Palate expanders help develop broad and beautiful smiles.

Other Advantages of Early Orthodontic Treatment Include:

· Healthy jaw and joints

· Improved breathing

· End to ear pain

· Facilitated speech development

Call our office today at (305) 224-1138 to schedule your free orthodontic consultation. We offer low monthly payment plans with no down payment required. Make sure your kids develop properly with early orthodontic intervention. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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