Katsis Orthodontics: Early Treatment FAQs
Here's a list of some of the top questions we've been asked over the years. Please let us know if you have any others!
Q: When should my child be evaluated for Orthodontic treatment?
A: The American Association of Orthodontics recommends all children have an orthodontic evaluation at age 7 to evaluate for jaw growth and tooth eruption disorders that are better treated at an early age. Fortunately these early orthodontic problems are relatively rare and the treatment to correct these are minimally invasive and comfortable. At Katsis Orthodontics we feel that children benefit the most from an orthodontic evaluation between the ages of 7 and 10. As always, our initial consultations are complimentary and no referral is needed to evaluate your child!
Q: Do palatal expanders hurt?
A: Palatal expanders do not hurt. There is a minor amount of pressure for a few moments after turning the expander but it usually goes away after about 20 seconds.
Q: What happens during palatal expansion?
A: Palatal expanders widen the bones of the upper jaw quickly, effectively, and with minimal discomfort. Talking may be different at first but your child will quickly adjust. It is important to avoid sticky and chewy foods as this can dislodge the expander. You may also notice a small gap between the front teeth during expansion. Don't worry! This is a good thing! The gap will eventually close and this means that the expander is working effectively.
Q: Will my child need more braces or orthodontics when they are older if they do a first phase of orthodontic treatment?
A: A first phase of orthodontics is meant to address a specific problem . As your child grows and the remaining adult teeth come in more likely than not your child will benefit from additional orthodontics to fix the other problems that may arise. Rarely we are successfully able to avoid comprehensive orthodontics after a first phase however the second phase of orthodontics is less complex and involved after a first phase of orthodontics is completed.