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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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