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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How much pain will a palate expander cause? The orthodontist has said that our daughter is going to need to use a palate expander before she gets braces. To me, this sounds like something that might be really painful. Can we expect her to feel a lot of pa
No real discomfort!: A palatial expander sounds worse than it is, but is a simple appliance that can greatly reduce the overall time a child is in orthodontic therapy and simplify the final course of treatment. A parent's role is to help their understand the importance of this treatment and help them follow through! in fact, often times a palatial expander negates the need to extract adult teeth in the overall plan. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Which plan is better and why for 8yr old Class II overbite w/ mild crossbite? Expander, 12mo of headgear, partial braces or braces 3-6mo & KOI
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