Many patients have an upper jaw and palate area that is too narrow for the development of a good bite. A palatal expander is used to create space in your mouth as part of orthodontic treatment. This may sound extreme, but the process is quite simple with very little discomfort.
Our team at Senestraro Family Orthodontics will look for both typical and atypical palatal growth problems and then together we can create a treatment plan, which may include a palatal expander.
Today, we like to see children even younger for early interceptive orthodontics. This is not necessarily the placement of braces, but for orthodontic devices such as maxillary expanders. This type of orthodontic treatment can begin as young as 6 or 7. This may sound young, but at this age the permanent teeth are still developing, and their jaw is still growing. This means that we can catch problems before they become problems.
A palatal or maxillary expander may be needed for a variety of reasons, but the three most typical reasons include:
How Expanders Work
An expander is made up of two halves of a metal device. Each side is set in place by attaching to several teeth. In the middle of the palate the device is joined by a screw. We simply turn the screw slightly to slowly apply pressure on the palate and gently shift the palate outward. This may sound uncomfortable, but we do it in such small increments that the discomfort is very slight. Treatment can vary based on your child’s needs but is often completed in three to six months.
Palatal expansion provides the patient several benefits including:
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If you think your child may be in need of an early orthodontic treatment due to crowding or alignment issues, contact us at (503) 446-5815 today to schedule a consultation.