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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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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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I have malocclusion. Will rapid palatal expander will help me?

I have malocclusion. Will rapid palatal expander will help me?

Crossbite?: As an adult, if upper jaw too narrow compared to lower common rx is to make jaws match side-to-side with surgically assisted rapid palatal expansion. Let an orthodontist examine you and give you viable treatment alternatives. The orthodontist can tell you about all the wonderful things that can be done to help you. ...Read more

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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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I have malocclusion. Will rapid palatal expander will help me?

Crossbite?: As an adult, if upper jaw too narrow compared to lower common rx is to make jaws match side-to-side with surgically assisted rapid palatal expansion. Let an orthodontist examine you and give you viable treatment alternatives. The orthodontist can tell you about all the wonderful things that can be done to help you. ...Read more

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I believe i had class 1 malocclusion on my mandibular. Will rapid palatal expander help me?

I believe i had class 1 malocclusion on my mandibular. Will rapid palatal expander help me?

Different problems: Class i refers to the front-to-back teeth and jaw relationship. If your lower jaw (mandible) is class i, it relates well to your upper jaw in the sagittal (front-to-back) plane. A rapid palatal expander is used to correct transverse (side-to-side) malrelationship by widening the upper jaw. Upper jaw widening in an adult requires the help of an oral surgeon and an orthodontist working together. ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting teeth extracted and a palatal expander?

What are the chances of getting teeth extracted and a palatal expander?

See a pro: Please be examined by a qualified Orthodontic Specialist. Extractions required if too much tooth material for the amount of supporting bone material. Expansion (or expansion + surgery in adults) is required if upper jaw too narrow compared to lower jaw. Please see a qualified Orthodontic Specialist for advice. ...Read more

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Can the palatal expander affect my front tooth or my teeth?

Can the palatal expander affect my front tooth or my teeth?

Purpose: The reason for a palatal expander is to widen the arch, thus making more room for the teeth and minimizing tooth removal. Discuss with your dentist. ...Read more

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I am 26 year old.both jaws are protruded outward.can palatal expander help rather than removing 2 premolars in each jaw?

I am 26 year old.both jaws are protruded outward.can palatal expander help rather than removing 2 premolars in each jaw?

Protruding Jaws: Removal of teeth will not change the position of your jaws. Please have an oral surgeon and orthodontist evaluate your concerns before any extractions. ...Read more

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Can crowded canine teeth be fixed with a palatal expander?

Can crowded canine teeth be fixed with a palatal expander?

That Depends: Palatal expanders are used when the upper jaw is small compared to the lower jaw. By encouraging growth of the upper jaw they can correct this discrepancy and create more room for the canines. If the two jaws already match in size but the canines are still crowded, then no, a palatal expander will not help. Your orthodontist should be able to guide you further. ...Read more

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