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do you crank a removable expander when it's in your mouth or do you take it out?

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Dr. Guy Hanson
Dentistry 37 years experience
Out of mouth: If the appliance is removable, remove it from the mouth prior to expansion in order to turn the screw in the proper direction.
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
Out of the mouth: If its removable, you are supposed to take it out of the mouth, turn the screw, and then replace it.

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