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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Expander treatment is usually done early (before full braces) in order to take advantage of the growth and development of the jaw.  This early treatment can help avoid a more complicated treatment later. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial exam by the Orthodontist be done by age 7, unless referred earlier by the general dentist.  Once the expansion phase of treatment is complete a retainer will be worn and observation appointments will be scheduled every 3-6 months to monitor growth and eruption of permanent teeth and evaluate for a second phase ( full braces) treatment.