Ask The Orthodontist
Expand Your Knowledge on Expanders
A palate expander is an appliance that fits near the roof of
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the mouth. It widens the palate to improve the way the
upper and lower jaws fit together, and can make room to
fit into alignment crowded or un-erupted teeth. When
kids are growing and teeth are erupting (or will soon), the
orthodontist may decide to make more room to accom-
modate the teeth, as opposed to what has been prevalent
in years past of extracting teeth. This is a benefit of a
palate expander. Sometimes special orthodontic wires Licensed Specialist
during braces allow for enough expansion. This is a deci-
sion for an experienced orthodontist.
The expander may take a few days to get used to. Chewing, swallowing or
talking may seem awkward. The mouth or nose may even feel tingly, or
one may experience a minor headache. You may choose to utilize an over-
the-counter pain reliever at the beginning but soon will not require any. The
expander is worn typically for about 3-6 months.
In about a week or so, you may see a gap between the front teeth. That's a
sign the expander is working. These gaps may close on their own, and is
not a sign the expander has stopped working. The teeth have elastic fibers
between them and sometimes move the teeth back together at different
rates. This is why gaps may not form on some kids.
Most expanders need to be activated once a day. This may be tricky at first
but soon you will get the hang of it. The expander is left in the mouth for a
while after the last activation for stabilization.
Expanders may be fixed or removable. The vast majority of orthodontists
use fixed or non-removable due to their greater efficiency, predictability,
and inability to get lost, misplaced or not worn.
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