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A major benefit of receiving orthodontic treatment in childhood is that it’s possible to take full advantage of a child’s own natural growth process to treat or even prevent malocclusions (“bad bites”).

Orthodontic Treatment - Fredericksburg, VA

Palatal Expanders

Palatal Expanders - Rappahannock Orthodontics - Fredericksburg, VA
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Palatal expanders create more space in a child’s mouth by gradually widening the upper jaw. Although this may sound scary, it’s really quite easy — both to do and to tolerate. That’s because the upper jaw (maxilla) actually develops as two separate halves that don’t completely fuse together until sometime after puberty. Before that happens, the two bones can gently be separated and stabilized over a period of several months.

The three situations that most commonly call for maxillary expansion are:

  • Crossbite
  • Crowding
  • Impacted Teeth

Fixed Palatal Crib

Fixed Palatal Crib - Rappahannock Orthodontics - Fredericksburg, VA
If your child has a thumb or finger sucking habit that has persisted past the age of three we may consider treating them with a fixed palatal crib. The semicircular wires of the palatal crib keep the thumb or finger from touching the gums behind the front teeth. Simply preventing this contact seems to take all the enjoyment away from the thumb sucking habit — and without that pleasurable feedback, a child has no reason to continue the behavior.

Herbst Appliance

Herbst Appliance - Fredericksburg, VA

A Herbst Appliance corrects orthodontic issues cause by uneven jaw development. This appliance uses gentle force over time to promote growth in the lower jaw while simultaneously slowing down the development of the upper jaw. In turn, this will help children develop a better bite overall. While traditional braces are exceptional at straightening teeth, some children have bite problems that are due to their upper and lower jaws growing at different rates. This appliance is usually recommended to children at ages 11 or 12, but some as young as age eight or nine have had this applied to help re-position the front teeth.

Call 540-371-2611 to make an appointment in Stafford or Fredericksburg today!

Fredericksburg Location

Rappahannock Orthodontics
408 Chatham Square Office Park
Fredericksburg, VA 22405

Stafford Location

Rappahannock Orthodontics
35 Walpole St #203
Stafford, VA 22554

Business Hours

Monday - Thursday

7:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Closed for lunch daily
from 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Hours alternate every other week with our other office. This schedule is subject to change. Please call with any questions.