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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

Palate Expander (Definition)

A palatal expander, also known as a rapid palatal expander, rapid maxillary expansion appliance, palate expander or orthodontic expander, is used to widen the upper jaw so that the bottom and upper teeth ...Read more


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How does a palate expander work?

How does a palate expander work?

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 more

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What will a palate expander effect?

What will a palate expander effect?

Upper jaw: When the upper jaw is normalized to the width of a lower with an expander, you will notice a less constricted archform and allow for better development of the teeth. Additionally, it will have the potential to open the nasal airway to improve breathing. All good things! ...Read more

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My palate expander broke! What should I do?

My palate expander broke! What should I do?

Call your doctor: Whether the expander is fixed or removable, you should call your doctor immediately. If the expander is fixed in the mouth, portions of it can be further fractured off and subsequently swallowed or aspirated. ...Read more

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What to do if I have rapid palate expander dislodged?

What to do if I have rapid palate expander dislodged?

See your dentist: To prevent negative pressure and damage to the dentition and the surrounding structures. Worse, swallowing components of the appliance. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: palate expander?

What is the definition or description of: palate expander?

Orthodontic devise: A palatal expander, also known as a rapid palatal expander, rapid maxillary expansion appliance, palate expander or orthodontic expander, is used to widen the upper jaw so that the bottom and upper teeth will fit together better. ...Read more

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Does the palate expander make face wider?

Smile wider...: Palate expander will expand the intermolar distance so that it would definitely increase the width of your smile, but not so noticeably in the facial width. It also will lower the palatal vault and increase nasal volume and thus help to treat oxygen deficiency which in many case eliminates the black ring beneath your eyes. This would change the appearance of your face. ...Read more

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How big of a gap does a palate expander create?

ANSWER: If the procedure is correctly done there is not going to be a space in the roof of your mouth. The pressure causes a bone junction between two sides to widen and it fills in from your body. Go speak to teh doctor that is doing the procedure and if you don't like the answer get a second opinion.;. ...Read more

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If I have a cross bite, will I get a palate expander?

Probably.: It depends on your age and how severe is the cross bite. Braces alone may do the trick. In extreme cases, surgery may be necessary. ...Read more

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Would I need a palate expander if I have a cross bite?

Not at 41: A palate expander is not going to work on someone your age. ...Read more

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How long will my seven year old need to wear a palate expander?

How long will my seven year old need to wear a palate expander?

Orthodontist call: As long as necessary. The dental team who is treating your son will determine when the palatal expansion devise must be removed. It usually takes 4 to 6 months for it to do its job. ...Read more

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After I get my palate expander removed, will I need a retainer?

After I get my palate expander removed, will I need a retainer?

Qualified yes: If palatal expansion completed and no additional rx now or in the future, you will need a retainer. It's not like pouring concrete. You have a whole new skeleton every 7 years. So if you want stability, wear retainer exactly as directed. ...Read more

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Can you guys tell me how big can the gap be from a palate expander?

Depends: Depending on the specific palatal expander, anywhere from 8-12 mm. ...Read more

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Help docs! I had my palate expander for 5 years. Will I have to get another palate expander?

Why?: I see no earthly reason for wearing an appliance that long. Once the 2 halves of the upper jaw fuse there is no way to correct transverse skeletal discrepancy without surgery. Please seek consultation with one or more qualified orthodontic specialists rather than with well-meaning but under-trained dentists who dabble in "tooth movement" which is not synonymous with "orthodontic treatment.". ...Read more

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My mouth keeps watering, but I assume it's from my palate expander. Could it be from something else?

Palatal expander: You are probably correct. If your palatal expander has been placed recently it is stimulating your salavary glands. ...Read more

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Can anyone explain a palate expander?

Can anyone explain a palate expander?

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 more

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Where does the key for a palate expander go?

key hole: Should be a hole in the main apparatus that the key fits into. ...Read more

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Could a palate expander cause speech problems?

Could a palate expander cause speech problems?

Temporarily: A palatal expander will sit on/near the roof of the mouth while being utilized. During that period the patient may have a slight difficulty enunciating certain sounds. There should be no long term problems. ...Read more

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Please tell me what does a palate expander really do?

Expands the palate: It really does expand the palate! The name they came up for it perfectly describes what it does. In essence, it moves bones of the maxilla that have not yet fused, thereby expanding the palate. ...Read more

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My palate expander comes off tomorrow. What can I expect?

Relief and joy: Palatal expander will cause some irritation to your gum due to hard ot access oral hygiene effort, localized gum inflammation, localize food impaction, interferene with the tongue function and movement, straining on your tooth. Your gum underneath may have sore spot and even bleeding. Brush and floss area clean. Notify your dentist if you see any unexpected tooth movement or relapse. ...Read more

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What can I do to make it easier to eat with a palate expander?

What can I do to make it easier to eat with a palate expander?

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 more

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Is a palate expander useful for a child, or is it not much help?

Is a palate expander useful for a child, or is it not much help?

Absolutely!: If the orthodontic diagnosis warrants correction of the width of the upper jaw, an expander is the most predictable and common way to correct this. Speak to your orthodontist to determine if it is appropriate for your child and when. ...Read more

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Need help! My palate expander came out! How can I put it back on?

You shouldn't: Palatal expanders are carefully fitted in the mouth. If the appliance has become dislodged, it can be distorted or partially broken. Your doctor is in the best position to evaluate its condition and determine the next appropriate step in your treatment. Call him/her. ...Read more

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What is the average age of a child when getting a palate expander?

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 more

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Is the palate expander with the key and without the key the same thing?

Yes: If it is called a palatial expander, it should be doing the same function which is to widen the upper arch. There are several types or designs. The expander with the key being the most common and traditional. ...Read more

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How often to turn the key on a palate expander? Our son just had a palate expander put in, and we were told we need to turn it once a day. I've also heard once every two weeks, and am worried that once a day might hurt him too much. Is once a day pretty n

How often to turn the key on a palate expander? Our son just had a palate expander put in, and we were told we need to turn it once a day. I've also heard once every two weeks, and am worried that once a day might hurt him too much. Is once a day pretty n

You : You should consult your dentist for explanatory instructions, remember your friends are not your child's treating dentist and their input could sometimes destroy the good relationship you may have with your dentist, every case is different, the age plays an important role in the course of treatment and, please call your child's dentist and ask him any doubt you may have.
Take it as an advise of a professional who cares about his patients.
Good luck! ...Read more

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Orthodontist please, what is palate expander?

Exactly what it says: A palatal expander is an orthodontic appliance (usually fixed) designed to expand the upper jaw laterally (side to side). Prior to the late teen years, the mid palatal suture has not fused yet. It can be split via orthopedic forces via the palatal expander to increase overall arch space to accomodate crowded teeth or coordinate a narrow upper arch to a normal lower arch. ...Read more

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My daughter has an overbite. Would a palate expander work?

My daughter has an overbite. Would a palate expander work?

Probably not: A palatal expander is used to treat a crossbite involving the back teeth. An overbite is due to a discrepancy in the upper and lower jaws and teeth where the upper teeth are too far in front of the lower teeth. Headgears and rubber bands can be used to correct this discrepancy as can "functional appliances" which position the lower jaw forward in an attempt to modify the growth of the lower jaw. ...Read more

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

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 be 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

Palate (Definition)

The palate is the anatomical description of the roof of the mouth. It separated into two parts: the hard palate (more forward) and the soft palate (which is closer to the throat), it separates the mouth ...Read more


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Snoring (Definition)

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