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Do jaw expanding braces really work in stopping snoring in children?

Do jaw expanding braces really work in stopping snoring in children?

Maybe: There is not a definitive link in the literature yet, but many parents have reported this to me as well for kids undergoing expansion. Snoring is adolescents often is induced by a constricted upper airway via swelling of the adenoids and/or reduced nasal space. Palatal expansion indirectly affects the airway and could improve the issue. I would also have an ENT evaluation for your child. ...Read more

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
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They are used in orthodontics. The braces are put onto the teeth at precise anatomical locations, and wire runs through the braces and brings teeth into proper alignment. This is a very short answer for a very ...Read more


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Does a palate expander decrease snoring?

Does a palate expander decrease snoring?

Palatal Expander: Generally, palatal expanders make room for upper teeth -- that's it. If palatal expansion occurs in children younger than age 6 -7, it may actually help expand the floor of the nose as the palate expands. For adults, palatal expansion will do little for snoring. Snoring means there is airway obstruction, but where? Consider seeing an ENT for a complete exam of your airway to determine why. ...Read more

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27y/o and exploring braces. treatment includes using quad helix expander(8-10mo) in molar and braces at the same time to fix cross bite. does it work?

27y/o and exploring braces. treatment includes using quad helix expander(8-10mo) in molar and braces at the same time to fix cross bite. does it work?

Be careful: If your cross bite is dental (upper teeth tipped inward) quad helix is modestly effective for adults. There are so many more effective tooth expanders available. If cross bite is skeletal (upper jaw too narrow when compared to lower) the jaw itself has to be widened, and in adults that means doing expansion coupled with surgery. Make sure you see a qualified Orthodontic Specialist for your care ...Read more

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How can you stop newly placed jaw expander pain from hurting?

How can you stop newly placed jaw expander pain from hurting?

Generally no pain: True orthopedic expansion of the upper jaw which is usually 1/4 of a mm per turn causes pressure for 5-15 minutes, and in my 30 years experience causes far less discomfort than orthodontic movement of teeth (braces). Pain is subjective though and kids will react differently based upon anxiety and fear. Generally i encounter no frank pain if it is true bone expansion at the right age. Not at 30! ...Read more

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Can you eat normally whilst wearing expander braces?

Can you eat normally whilst wearing expander braces?

With limitations: Whether you are referring to a palatal expander or braces that create arch expansion, there are specific food limitations that your orthodontist will review with you to prevent appliance breakage and/or trapping food debris under appliances that could lead to gingival inflammation and discomfort. ...Read more

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How long do you have to wear the palate expander for braces?

For as long as: Your orthodontist has determined appropriate for your particular situation. An ideal treatment result is worth however long it takes. It's typically a few months. ...Read more

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How long does a palate expander is used before you get braces?

How long does a palate expander is used before you get braces?

May Vary: The time spent with palate expander will vary depending on your individual situation, because every patient responds differently. After the initial 6 weeks of expansion, the expander will remain in the mouth for 2 to 6 months. ...Read more

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Please tell me if you can get a palate expander and braces in the same day?

Braces/Expander: These do different things. Generally the expander is used first to widen the arch then the braces are used to move the teeth into the correct relation; so no. It is expander then braces. ...Read more

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Can you choose to have either braces or an expander?

Can you choose to have either braces or an expander?

Different: The expander widens your upper arch, while braces correct the position of all your teeth. They serve different purposes although are often used in conjunction to attain the best end result. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have an expander and invisalign braces at the same time?

Is it possible to have an expander and invisalign braces at the same time?

No: First of all, clear aligner trays are not braces. They are less than 1/2 as effective in correction tooth malpositions. Second, aligners cannot and do not alter skeletal malrelationships. If jaws don't match they have to be corrected first, then teeth can be straightened (better and faster w braces). Please see a fully qualified orthodontic specialist. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Jarvis
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Snoring (Definition)

Snoring is an abnormal, loud, hoarse, or harsh breathing sound ...Read more