What to Expect:
Palatal expanders are used to widen the upper jaw, improve the bite and create space for the teeth.
Before we fit your expander, we will place SEPARATORS, between teeth in the back of your mouth. The separators make space so that the expander bands can be placed comfortably on your teeth. You may feel them with your tongue, but please do not push or floss them out. Please check the separators daily and brush your teeth carefully each day. If the separators come out, please contact the office and we will let you know what to do.
Please do not chew gum or eat popcorn or sticky candies.
If your teeth are sore, a mild pain reliever can be used.
Expander – the big day is here!
There is a screw mechanism in the center of the expander. With one turn per day, the expander gently pushes on the teeth to provide the correction that we are looking for.
Once your expander is placed on your teeth, we will show you how to adjust the expander. Typically, a turn is made once per day for 14 – 28 days. It is best to make the turn in the evening before bed. Choose a time when there are no distractions. There is generally a feeling of pressure for a few minutes after the turn is made. Your nose may tingle for a few seconds too!
You may find that there is a little more saliva in your mouth initially and your speech may change as you get used to your expander.
Remember to stay away from popcorn, chewing gum, sticky or hard candies and nuts. All of these things can get stuck or lodged in the expander or around the bands.
Your expander typically stays in for 6 months and may be followed up with braces or other orthodontic appliances.