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Old 09-02-08, 10:41 PM
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Usually between the ages of approximately 8-10, it's not really braces but an appliance that stretches the mouth and jaw so that there is enough room in the mouth for permanent teeth. That way it's easier for them when they do have to put the braces in.

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Your jaw is growing the quickest when your are 8 or 9 so it is usually best to expand your jaw and reshape your mouth when you are 8 or 9. This is called "interceptive orthodontic treatment". the objective of interceptive orthodontic treatment is to make your jaw wider and reshape your mouth so there is room for your permanent teeth.

Your orthodontist will install a gadget called a "palatal expander" to make your mouth bigger. He may also use a facebow to try to start to correct overbites and underbites. If you start interceptive orthodontic treatment when you are 8, it usually only takes 3-6 months, and avoids painful treatment later on. "
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Old 09-03-08, 12:57 AM
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Rachel got hers on at 8 & off a few months ago. It was 15-16mo total & about $2800. She needed the palate expander & I guess that is why they were recommeded so early.

Supposedly is will probably not need braces as a teenager & if so, it would be for a short period. At least that is what the told me. I hope they are correct & weren't just trying to sell me. The only problem I see at the moment is her eye teeth are coming in on the outside of her gums instead of straight down. I am hoping there is enough space for them to fit where they belong as they come down.

Also, if they use the palate expander than they don't usually have to pull teeth like they used to. I had 4 pulled plus my 4 wisdom teeth before I had my braces.
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Old 09-03-08, 09:37 PM
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Yes, if they do anything now, I thing it will be the spacer thing.
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Old 09-04-08, 07:28 AM
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ugh! I dread hearing this !
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