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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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Is it always necessary to have to wear an expander when they have a cross bite?

Is it always necessary to have to wear an expander when they have a cross bite?

Yes: When there is a crossbite, there is usually also crowding. Crowding makes oral hygiene more difficult leading to more decay and gum disease. With a crossbite there is normally also a very high palate which restricts the nasal airway and may be a factor in obstructive sleep apnea. Better to treat when young forprevention than sleep apnea when an adult. ...Read more

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One of my spacers fell out. It was to make room for expander, I've had it in for 12 days, will it make a difference?

One of my spacers fell out. It was to make room for expander, I've had it in for 12 days, will it make a difference?

Orthodontics: If you have had the spacer in for 12 days you should be fine. If you put the spacer in and it keeps falling out then the spacer is working as it has created a space which your doctor wants. Hopefully you are placing it in properly. Either way, call your orthodontist to let them know. ...Read more

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Could getting an expander out hurt?

Could getting an expander out hurt?

Could, but likely no: Sure, anytime someone is putting something into your mouth or removing something from your mouth, especially depending on your sensitivity, it COULD hurt. But generally this is a relatively painless process for most patients. ...Read more

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How much time until I get this expander off?

How much time until I get this expander off?

Until: Until ur Orthodontic Specialist thinks ur sutures have filled and matured. As an adult surgical assistance absolutely required. Non-surgical expansion in adults will fail or will cause bone damage called fenestrations. ...Read more

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Could it hurt when you get your expander off?

Not usually: You will have to get used to your teeth being naked again, but rarely are there side affects to the teeth from palatal axpansion. ...Read more

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Should I use colgate ora base for expander pain?

OrabaseB/Orajel: Orabase and orajel are emollients, carriers that adhere to your soft tissues, that carry Benzocaine to the tissues, relieving surface pain. If you are having pain from and expander, see your orthodontist or dentist. Expanders should be relatively painless. Know that palatal expansion in adults, where the 2 halves of the upper jaw have fused, requires surgery. ...Read more

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When you have an expander do you have to turn it for 4-6 months?

When you have an expander do you have to turn it for 4-6 months?

It depends: The amount of time that a palatal expander is placed in the mouth will depend on the severity of the problem as well as treatment goals. In addition, the appliance must remain in the mouth for several months following completion of the expansion to stabilize the new arch formation. Your doctor is in the best position to estimate the time the appliance will remain in place based upon your condition. ...Read more

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Would it be possible to fix cross bites without using an expander?

Would it be possible to fix cross bites without using an expander?

Ortho Consultation: There are many techniques for correcting a crossbite in an adult. They all require orthodontic treatment along with other modalities (e.g. expander, elastics, springs, etc). I would suggest that you have an orthodontic consult for diagnosis and treatment options. ...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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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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My palate expander broke! What should I do?

My palate expander broke! What should I do?

Call your doctor: Whether or not 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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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 of time the patient may have a slight difficulty enunciating certain sounds. There should be no long term problems. ...Read more

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What are things to know about a dental expander?

What are things to know about a dental expander?

Several: A dental expander is used to make more room for teeth and to help correct bite problems. Some feel the expansion should be done rapidly and others feel it should be done slowly. Expanding the upper jaw can also expand the nasal airway. Expanding the airway may reduce the chance of sleep apnea as one gets older. ...Read more

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What to expect once palatal expander is removed?

What to expect once palatal expander is removed?

Nothing much: You might feel some "dents" in the tissue of your palate, but that goes away in a day or two. You will find it much easier to clean your teeth after eating. You might feel individual upper teeth re-adjusting themselves now that they are free of the bands. ...Read more

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When will it feel ok to eat with palatal expander?

Experience varies: Adjustment to a palatal expander varies from patient to patient, depending upon a number of factors including patient age, attitude toward treatment, parental/patient support, and severity of the problem. In our own practice, patients appear to adapt and eat normally within 24 -48 hours following appliance placement. Some patients have adapted immediately. ...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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