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Removable Palatal Expander For Adults
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.
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.See 4 more doctor answers
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.See 4 more doctor answers
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.
I am 26 year old. Both jaws are protruded outward. Can palatal expander help rather than removing 2 premolars in each jaw?
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.See 3 more doctor answers
4 weeks ago I got my palatal expander put on. In the past few days, I've started to grind my teeth at night. Why is this?
No More Status Quo: The muscles that control your bite have been interrupted by placing the teeth in a new position. You are trying to grind down the new interferences to get back to the original position. To help during the transition a temporary night or day guard can be used so you can grind on the appliance and not damage the teeth or cause muscle pain. This is a normal reaction to a new position.See 1 more doctor answer
I've had a palatal expander for10 years. Parents intended braces but ran out of $. What is the $ range for RPE removal in MA+is it covered by ins? Ty!
That's dangerous!: You need to get that off ASAP. You could have all kinds of problems hiding under there. About the cost, I would think any self respecting orthodontist would remove it at little or no charge once you sign a release that he/she is not responsible for any mishap in removing it. Be prepared, however, to go straight to your dentist to examine your teeth and gums once it is out.
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.See 5 more doctor answers
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!See 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.See 3 more doctor answers
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.
See your dentist: To prevent negative pressure and damage to the dentition and the surrounding structures. Worse, swallowing components of the appliance.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer