When a child has a small palate

Dentist Gina Gonzalez, DDS, shares advice for parents on the techniques used by orthodontists to help correct a child's small palate and allow for the teeth to grow in
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When a child has a small palate

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If your child has a small palate, there are a lot of orthodontic appliances that can be used very early in development that can help the arches; both the top and the lower. There are expanders that can be used to help the child's growth. There's a little suture in the upper jaw that can be expanded very easily in children as they are growing. It allows the development of the upper and lower teeth to, almost, prevent braces at times. When those appliances are used interceptively and early enough. Sometimes braces are just minimized. Instead of having the braces on for many years, these appliances help the braces come off a lot sooner.

Dentist Gina Gonzalez, DDS, shares advice for parents on the techniques used by orthodontists to help correct a child's small palate and allow for the teeth to grow in

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Gina Gonzalez, DDS

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Dr. Gina Gonzalez, DDS has been interested in dental care most of her life. She started working as a dental assistant in high school.  After graduating, she pursued her career by attending the University of Southern California from which she earned a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene in 1982.  She was involved in creating new standards for dental hygiene in Spain where she also developed a dental hygiene school.

Dr. Gina Gonzalez earned her doctorate of dental surgery from the USC School of Dentistry in 1991.  As a lifelong learner, Dr. Gonzalez continues to study preventive and esthetic dentistry at renowned educational institutions all over the United States.  Her certifications include CEREC technology and Invisalign.  In addition to providing superb dental services to patients in her office, she dedicates her knowledge and skill to many philanthropic projects in the community and worldwide.  Annually, she is involved in a dental mission to Guatemala in which she provides dental care to people who would go without it otherwise.  She also regularly serves the elderly in Southern California through the Oral Eldercare Program. Dr. Gina Gonzalez is part of the USC School of Dentistry Board of Directors and is a member of the American Dental Association and the California Dental Association.   

In her leisure time, she enjoys Salsa dancing, participating in the art of Krav Maga and entertaining her two wonderful daughters.

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