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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How long do children usually have to wear palate expanders for? It looks like out son is might have to get a palate expander, and i'm wondering how long i can expect him to need it for. Will we have to get more than one as he grows?
Age dependent: There are different types of palatal expanders often used at different ages. In pre-teen years, expanders may be in place for 6-9 months. Teenagers, it may be 4-6 months. But these estimates are all highly variable. There are rare circumstances when more than one expander may be used in different phases and at different ages for the same patient. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not noticeably : A palate expander spreads the midline of the upper jawbone less than a centimeter. Since the appliance works symmetrically, half the total spread adds a minuscule amount of width to the bone to create a few mm of space in the arch for the teeth. The facial width is determined primarily by the cheekbones, muscles and fat deposits under the skin. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Work on Children: Palete expanders are designed to work on children before their jaw bones are fully developed and harden. Their bones are soft, the expander is able manipulate the upper jaw bone, before the upper bones fully formed. If you miss the window of opportunity, as an adult, you would need to do it via surgery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Drink Water!: Eating with a glass of water next to you to help with rinsing the food stuck under and around the expander. Avoiding hard, crunchy, chewy and sticky food and leafy vegetables will also make eating with an expander easier. In addition, smaller bites and keeping food in between the teeth rather that a mouth full of food will help reduce the chance of getting food caught under the expander. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No average age: There is no average age for getting a palate expander. It should be done while a child is growing, before the bones fuse and growth ceases. It can be done even in small children when necessary, but usually in kids between about ages 6 and 12. It does not work in older kids who have completed their growth spurt or in adults. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See below: Palatal expansion is used when a young patient has a narrow or constricted palate. The goal is to widen the palate, or "roof" of the mouth which should be slightly wider than the mandible to provide optimum occlusion, which is to say, so that your teeth fit together the way god designed them to be. If the palate is narrow the upper teeth are slightly inside the lower teeth creating a cross bite. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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