What does my expander do?
The upper jaw is formed by two halves, which are separated by a "seam" down the middle of the palate. The palatal expander is designed to apply a gentle pressure to widen both halves of the upper jaw over time. This results in the bone growing to this new width
How often should I turn the screw of my expander?
On average, it takes two to three weeks of turning the expander two to three times a day to achieve the best results. However, this varies from person to person. We will provide you with a customized plan for your expansion. It's important to follow your doctor's instructions and call the office if you have any questions.
Does turning the expander hurt?
You may experience pressure or tenderness near the bridge of your nose and out toward your cheekbones; this is normal. An over-the-counter pain reliever should help with any discomfort.
How will the expander affect my teeth?
Most patients will notice a space developing between the upper front teeth as they continue to turn the expander. This is normal and a good indicator that the bones are widening. The size of the space may vary from patient to patient, but once you have completed your expansion, the space will close.
How long will I wear the expander?
On average, patients wear the expander four to six months, allowing the bones to fill into the expansion areas and decreasing the chance of expansion relapse.
What should I do if I miss my first appointment after receiving my expander?
Reschedule for as soon as possible and stop turning your expander. This will prevent the upper jaw from widening too much and too fast.
What else do I need to know?
Clean your expander often and avoid hard or sticky foods. If you have any questions or concerns throughout your treatment, please contact our office.