Dr Roca's orthodontics philosophy has changed. Dr Roca use to recommend to not straighten children's teeth until they were mature enough to handle the responsibilty. In Orthodontics, it is a known fact that unless you have the proper muscle function in your mouth and wear a retainer every night for the rest of your life. your teeth will continue to move and eventually get back to the way they were before orthodontics. At Arlington Smile Center, we did'nt want the kids to be in braces for several years, we didnt want to see white spots and cavities form and we sure didnt want to see parents spend so much money when the child would end up losing the retainer and end up with orthodontics again as an adult. However, now we are taking a much more proactive approach. We are starting before they ever get their permanent teeth. We are preparing the mouth to receive all the new permanent teeth by giving enough room for the teeth to erupt on the upper and the lower. Our office can provide more room in one of three ways; Invisalign First, Myobrace or Palatal Expanders. Arlington Smile Center, does not like Rapid Palatal Expanders because it covers the palate where we know that the tongue should always be sittiing. It starts bad habits of holding your tongue down low and easily creates the wrong swallow movement and the patient can often end up with a reverse swallow. Therefore, if Dr Roca, sees a child as young as 3 years old developing a malocclusion, mouth breathing, snoring, grinding, hanging out with their mouth open or tongue thrusting she will highly recommend the child start ASAP learning the correct habits for proper muscle to get the ideal facial development and the mouth ready to receive the permanent teeth which normally happens around age 5 or 6. If we start early we recommend the MYOBRACE, click the link below. However, If the child is not mouth breathing, snoring, grinding, or tongue thrusting we recommend Invisalign First phase 1 treatment. This will expand BOTH upper and lower arches much more than the rapid palatal expander and it will do it in a slow and comfortable fashion. This promotes a strong chance that bone will fill in slowly in the area that has been opened and prevent relapse. CLick the Invisalign Link below to learn more on the topic.