What to Expect
If your child is a candidate for Phase 1 treatment, the first appointment will include an impression of the upper arch and the placement of spacers in between the upper back molars. Over the next week, as the spacers create room for the bands, Dr. Almy and the team at Fredericksburg Orthodontics & Invisalign Center will create the palatal expansion appliance for your child.
At the next appointment, we will fit and bond the appliance into the roof or palate of your child’s mouth. We will check the progress of the expansion approximately every 6 weeks to make sure that the expansion is working effectively. It is not uncommon for a band to pop loose during the adjustment period. If this happens, we request that you save the appliance part and schedule an appointment with the office to have it re-bonded.
After the expansion is complete, Dr. Almy and the Fredericksburg Orthodontics & Invisalign Center team will deactivate the appliance. It will remain in the mouth for a while longer. Once it is time to remove the palatal expander, your child will enter a resting phase of treatment. This is when all of the primary teeth are lost, and the permanent teeth will erupt. After the resting period, we will discuss treatment options for Phase 2.
If your child is around the age of 7 and you would like an orthodontic evaluation, schedule a complimentary consultation today at (540)898-7211.