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When Should You Take Your Child to the Best Kids Orthodontist in Palo Alto?

You should take your child to a family dentist as soon as the first tooth starts to come through. Most children visit the orthodontist with a referral from their dentist. It is a common belief that orthodontic treatment should usually begin when someone is in junior high or high school. However, according to the American Association of Orthodontists, every child should have an orthodontic screening by age 7. This is because early evaluation by an orthodontist can detect problems that are best treated early during growth and development. At Twin Smiles Orthodontics we accept referrals from dentists, and we also accept parents or patients to book consultations directly online or by phone.

We are here to help. Choose the best kids orthodontist in Palo Alto. Beautiful and healthy smiles start with expert dental and orthodontic care from a young age. Book a free consultation at Twin Smiles Orthodontics today.

What are the Most Common Orthodontic Issues for Palo Alto Kids?

Palo Alto kids can experience a range of dental issues. While many kids will have only a couple of cavities before they lose their baby teeth and grow their adult teeth, some children can suffer from issues in the alignment of their bite, the spacing of their teeth, and the spacing/alignment of their jaw and palate. At Twin Smiles Orthodontics we strongly believe in intervening early with two-phase treatment only when necessary. For those Palo Alto Kids who need intervention with the best kids orthodontist in Palo Alto, early orthodontic treatment can guide the growth of the jaw and help teeth erupt properly. In turn, this can reduce future complications like dental impactions or severe malocclusions that require surgeries later.

The most common orthodontic issues for Palo Alto kids include…

  • Malocclusions: These are issues where the teeth don’t come together properly (occlusion). The most common being overbite, underbite, crossbite, and open bite. Palo Alto kids have traditionally received treatment with braces and expanders, although clear aligners like Invisalign are an option today, depending on the type and severity of the condition.
  • Crowding: If there’s insufficient space in the jaw then teeth can push against each other and begin to crowd. This can cause problems with the bite and long term can increase the risk of impacted teeth, cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss.
  • Spacing: Kids who experience issues with spacing can suffer from a loss of confidence and self-esteem. In addition, when children lose baby teeth too early and have spaces where the baby tooth was lost the adult teeth can drift unfavorably into these spaces causing problems in the adult teeth.

All three of the above orthodontic issues can be treated with braces or aligners in most cases. Addressing these issues at an early age with the best kids orthodontist in Palo Alto will help create better overall orthodontic outcomes.

Two-Phase Treatment at Twin Smiles Orthodontics

Some orthodontic problems are corrected in phases, starting when kids have their baby teeth and then continuing and concluding once their adult teeth come through. This is known as a two-phase treatment.

This type of treatment is designed to support development and prevent long-term problems. Two-phase treatment is available at Twin Smiles Orthodontics.

  • The first phase in two-phase treatment, provided while kids still have their baby teeth, is focused on preventing future problems and is recommended for kids who are at risk. Our specialists have extensive training and can recognize when the jaw is likely to have problems once adult teeth are ready to come through.
  • The second phase in the two-phase treatment comes when the adult teeth develop (during the teenage years). If your child has severe orthodontic issues, then braces will be used to correct these in the second phase. Clear aligners may be used in some cases.

Not every child will need two-phase treatment, but outcomes are better when orthodontic problems are detected early.

Palate Expander at Age 7

Early orthodontic treatment doesn’t always involve braces; instead, it can employ several other techniques, the most common is the need for a palate expander at age 7.

A palate expander is a special dental appliance that can expand the upper jaw to create more space between both sides. A palate expander at age 7 can be used to treat a crossbite or to expand the jaw when there isn’t enough space for teeth to erupt.

A palate expander at age 7 could be appropriate, depending on the development of your child. For children who may have severe malocclusions, it is important to get a palate expander at age 7 or so to treat the problem while the jaw is still growing. Waiting to seek out treatment until the jaws have finished growing may result in the need for surgery to properly correct the issue. The best way to learn about the specific type of treatment that your child needs and if a palate expander at age 7 (or later) is required is to book a consultation. Choose the best kids orthodontist in Palo Alto and schedule an appointment at Twin Smiles Orthodontics.

The Best Kids Orthodontist in Palo Alto – Twin Smiles Orthodontics

Orthodontic issues can begin at an early age. Most young patients benefit from being closely monitored by the best kids orthodontist in Palo Alto as they grow to make sure everything is developing as it should. The American Board of Orthodontists recommends that children have their first orthodontic appointment by the age of seven to screen for issues in the development of the teeth or jaw, but Palo Alto Kids with an underbite (upper teeth behind lower teeth) should be seen by an orthodontist as early as four years old. This is important because, at these early ages, the orthodontist can take early steps necessary to help guide the teeth and jaw growth. In these cases, treatment is divided into two-phase treatment, an early phase and a second phase begins around age 10-14 when most of the permanent teeth have erupted.

Why Patients Choose Us

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The twin doctors Stoker at Twin Smiles Orthodontics are truly dedicated to achieving amazing lifelong smiles. They take the time to listen to your unique concerns and goals.

- Adam F.
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Thanks to Dr. Amelia, my jaw surgery was exceptional. Skilled surgeons and a caring team ensured a smooth, successful procedure, transforming my smile and boosting self-esteem.

- Avery S.
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Dr. Sydney made my braces journey a breeze! From the friendly staff to the expert orthodontists, I felt at ease throughout the entire process. Now, my smile is straight and confident!

- Jordan P.


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