One of the most common questions we get in our office- will my child need an expander and will it hurt?


An expander is a tool Dr. Aten will use if your child’s jaw is too narrow and causing crowding of their teeth. The optimal and most comfortable time to use it is before the roof of your mouth (upper palate) is done growing.  We recommend your child come in for a consult at the age of 7. We can catch these types of problems early and make treatment more comfortable for your child!




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Your child should have an Orthodontic screening by the age of 7- yes when they still have baby teeth!  These recommendations come straight from the American Association of Orthodontists and the clinical experience of Dr. Kyle Aten.

Early diagnosis and phase one treatment Phase 1 orthodontics treatment is initiated while primary teeth (baby teeth) are still present. It is recommended to address certain dental issues early to have a more efficient and effective overall treatment time. Our goal is to save you time and money with your orthodontic treatment.

Early treatment can also regulate the width of the [...] Read More