Palatal expanders in Fredericksburg, VA
Children’s mouths change as they begin to lose baby teeth and go through puberty. The upper jaw’s spacing determines how much room teeth have to erupt. Sometimes, the jaw’s natural growth doesn’t leave enough space for healthy teeth — that’s when orthodontists use an expander.
We recommend upper palate expanders for kids ages 8-14 with narrow jaw development. These appliances are standard solutions that prevent teeth crowding or an improper bite. At Fredericksburg Orthodontics, we’ll help your child feel comfortable and confident in their smile with appropriate dental care.
Crossbite happens when the upper jaw is narrower than the lower jaw. This misalignment can impact how your child talks, chews and smiles.
Impacted teeth result from inadequate space on the upper or lower jaw. If existing teeth block new eruptions, the impacted teeth will grow twisted, crooked or protruding.
Teeth crowding can be an uncomfortable condition. Expanders widen the space for teeth to grow so your child avoids an uneven smile.
Caring for your expander
All orthodontic appliances have unique needs to keep them clean and functional. When you visit Dr. Almy or Dr. Arroyo-Pratt, they’ll help you maintain the proper care routine. The most important aspect of your expander is turning the screw regularly — every patient will have a different schedule. To support a clean and healthy mouth, we recommend:
Schedule a consultation for dental expanders
Patients at our Fredericksburg practice enjoy world-class treatment right in their neighborhood. Our orthodontists, Dr. Almy and Dr. Arroyo-Pratt, have served the area since 2005 and assisted over 13,000 smiles. Dr. Almy is even an American Board of Orthodontics-certified provider with Invisalign® Diamond+ status. If your child needs outstanding orthodontic care, choose our family-friendly team!
When it comes to pediatric orthodontic care, it’s best to act fast. We’ll identify your child’s unique dental needs with a quick and painless consultation. For a happier, healthier smile, choose Fredericksburg Orthodontics! We make a difference through personalized, compassionate care.