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How can you stop newly placed jaw expander pain from hurting?
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Dr. David Schleimer
Dentistry - Orthodontics
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In brief: Generally no pain
True orthopedic expansion of the upper jaw which is usually 1/4 of a mm per turn causes pressure for 5-15 minutes, and in my 30 years experience causes far less discomfort than orthodontic movement of teeth (braces).
Pain is subjective though and kids will react differently based upon anxiety and fear. Generally i encounter no frank pain if it is true bone expansion at the right age. Not at 30!

In brief: Generally no pain
True orthopedic expansion of the upper jaw which is usually 1/4 of a mm per turn causes pressure for 5-15 minutes, and in my 30 years experience causes far less discomfort than orthodontic movement of teeth (braces).
Pain is subjective though and kids will react differently based upon anxiety and fear. Generally i encounter no frank pain if it is true bone expansion at the right age. Not at 30!
Dr. David Schleimer
Dr. David Schleimer
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Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Dentistry - Orthodontics
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In brief: Wait a few days...
For the first few days, there will be pressure everytime the key is turned.
Especially on days 3 and 4, i advise pts to take a tylenol (acetaminophen) or advil 30 minutes prior to turning...These will be the toughest. After that, the typical pressure will be there for a few seconds after each turn but it won't be a big deal.

In brief: Wait a few days...
For the first few days, there will be pressure everytime the key is turned.
Especially on days 3 and 4, i advise pts to take a tylenol (acetaminophen) or advil 30 minutes prior to turning...These will be the toughest. After that, the typical pressure will be there for a few seconds after each turn but it won't be a big deal.
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
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In brief: Time
Unfortunately you shouldn't touch it, but ask the dentist next time to open it less because of the amout of disomfort it initially cause.
The pain will subside with time.

In brief: Time
Unfortunately you shouldn't touch it, but ask the dentist next time to open it less because of the amout of disomfort it initially cause.
The pain will subside with time.
Dr. Theodore Ritota
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