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What Are Palatal Expanders?

What is a palatal expander?

A palatal expander is used to guide and direct upper jaw growth in younger orthodontic patients. When placed in your child’s mouth, a palatal expander will widen your child’s upper jaw by applying firm, but gentle pressure on the top molars, allowing the upper and lower teeth to fit together more comfortably and naturally. Palatal expanders will also create more room in the mouth for the growing teeth, creating a broader, more beautiful smile!

Do palatal expanders hurt

Palatal expanders won’t usually hurt, but it is normal to experience difficulty speaking and swallowing for the first few days after it’s been placed. It’s important to make sure you’re expanding your child’s palatal expander as directed by your orthodontist so that the necessary progress will be made on time!

How long will I need to wear a palatal expander?

It will usually take a few weeks to a month to achieve the necessary amount of expansion, but you’ll likely wear the palatal expander for an additional six months in order for the bone to stabilize. We will give you detailed instructions on how the expander works and we’d love to answer any questions you may have.

If you have any questions about your palatal expander or if you’d like to set up an appointment at our office, please contact Firestone Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics located in Firestone, CO.

Posted on Dec 17, 2015
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