Can My Child Have a Wider Face?


Hi there,

If your child has a narrow jaw and crooked teeth, you may think braces are the only option. However, there may be an alternative.

Have a look at these twin girls. Yes, these are identical twins. But one has a wider face and a broader smile- she just looks like a different person.
Palate expansion twins

The twin on the right has improved nasal function, more room for her teeth and she also is less likely to have TMJ problems later on.

How was this accomplished? Slow Palatal Expansion. It was first used about 150 years ago by a dentist named Emerson C. Angell and has been an accepted practice ever since. The dramatic results show why.

According to Tracy Sandilands of the Colgate Oral Care Center, Slow Palatal Expansion:

  • Corrects a crossbite. The upper teeth should close around the outside of the lower teeth. In a patient with a narrow palate, it can be the other way around, with the upper teeth biting inside the lower teeth. This results in asymmetrical growth of the lower jaw, which can cause facial asymmetry, if it isn’t corrected in time.
  • Eliminates or reduces overcrowding, by making space for all your child’s upper teeth to erupt in their correct positions.
  • Improves breathing ability. A narrow or deep upper jaw makes it difficult for a child to breathe through his nose. This results in continuous mouth-breathing, which causes the unhealthy inhalation of unfiltered bacteria, dry mouth and potential halitosis.

If your child has a long, narrow face with crowded, crooked teeth, don’t worry, Dr. Thomas Lokensgard in Franklin, TN can help. One of his specialties is slow palatal expansion. He uses expansion appliances on the facial growth plates of kids and this delivers slow, steady forces to those plates to get these awesome results.

If you would like a consultation with Dr. Lokensgard about your child and what can be done to head off the need for braces, improve their bite and nasal function, and many other benefits, you definitely should give his office a call.

To schedule a consult, give him a call at 615-481-4555. Also, to learn more about his practice read this and click the link below.

Shawn Dady
President, Tennesseans For Raw Milk
Weston A. Price Chapter Leader, Nashville/Brentwood/Franklin



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An author, speaker, and health copywriter, Shawn Dady is also the president of Tennesseans For Raw Milk and the Nashville/Brentwood/Franklin Chapter Leader for the Weston A. Price Foundation. She is a consultant and nationwide influencer for people on health and wellness issues and has been in the industry for more than 20 years.