A great thing about wearing braces as a child is that during this time, it is possible to work with the growing process to make corrections or prevent a bad bite. Early treatment takes advantage of children’s and teenager’s natural growth and development to make space for permanent teeth, and it frequently helps to improve facial profiles. Evaluation for early treatment for kids should begin when children are 5 to 9 years old. There is no charge for these visits until the child actually enters into active treatment. This early phase of treatment from our Cincinnati, OH office is usually followed by braces to straighten the teeth to perfect the way the teeth fit together for the long-term health of the teeth. Early orthodontic treatment makes this transition easier.
Palatal expanders can also help improve breathing, limit the number of teeth extractions, and shorten orthodontic treatment time.
A custom-made palatal expander is crafted for each patient. It is placed over several upper back teeth. It consists of two halves connected by a screw. An expander works by turning the screw with a key every day. This creates a small amount of tension causing the two palatal bones to move apart gradually. Once the desired width is achieved, the expander will remain in place for several months to allow for new bone to develop in the space.