Sometimes the best treatment is no treatment! We’ll follow your little one over time (usually every 8-12 months) and make sure everything in and around their mouth is developing the way it should.
Sometimes your little cherub needs an early phase of orthodontics. We put braces on the permanent teeth they already have, gently move them to their correct position, and close the gaps in the front teeth. This sets the stage for their smile to develop as it should.
These are appliances used to expand the upper jaw. Palatal expanders are used for kiddos with narrow jaws, cross-bites (where the bottom teeth are outside the top teeth), or a severe lack of space for permanent teeth. They are easy to use and the movements are incredibly slow so there is rarely any discomfort. The actual expansion phase only takes a month, and then the expander is left in for 8-12 months to allow everything to stabilize. This also prevents the jaw from becoming narrow again.
Functional + Habit Appliances
When the jaws aren’t growing like they should, we can redirect the growth using various appliances. Some appliances stay in the mouth and some are only used at night, but they’re are all effective at correcting problems early on. That way the jaws and face grow normally as your small child grows into a big child, and eats you out of house and home. We use habit appliances to break any oral habits they are struggling to let go of. We’re pretty good at talking them out of sucking their thumb, but if that and other tricks aren’t working, we have reminder appliances that help them jump the last hurdle.