Palatal Expander

Expander and Braces

A little over a week ago I got my expander in. I’ve been doing all the turning that my orthodontist told me to do. I was wondering if I do all my turns will I get braces on at my next appointment or will I have to wait a couple more months.

Answer: Palatal Expander

By Sarah h

Expansion therapy is widely used in orthodontics to widen the upper jaw. This is accomplished during peak growth spurts, usually before the midpalatal suture fuses. The expander places force on your bone and cartilage forcing it to widen and correct a narrow palate or cross bite. It takes time for the bone to react and for changes to be made, so usually the expander is kept in place for some time after the last turn of the key. Many times your brackets can be placed with the expander still in place. When you see your orthodontist for your monthly check, this is a great progress question to ask as our banding appointment will be a longer appointment.

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