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Can crowded canine teeth be fixed with a palatal expander?

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Dr. Howard Schneider
Dentistry - Pediatric
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Howard Schneider
Dr. Howard Schneider
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Dr. LaMont Gee
Dentistry
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In brief: Crowding

Palatal expansion is usually successful in the preteen and teenage years.
Beyond that you can't expect much. A better solution may be to have full orthodontic care.

In brief: Crowding

Palatal expansion is usually successful in the preteen and teenage years.
Beyond that you can't expect much. A better solution may be to have full orthodontic care.
Dr. LaMont Gee
Dr. LaMont Gee
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Dr. Joel Doyon
Dentistry - Cosmetic
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In brief: See an orthodontist

Possibly. It depends on the position the canines are in and the relationship of the upper jaw to the lower jaw and the age of the patient.
An orthodontist will be able to answer this question for you.

In brief: See an orthodontist

Possibly. It depends on the position the canines are in and the relationship of the upper jaw to the lower jaw and the age of the patient.
An orthodontist will be able to answer this question for you.
Dr. Joel Doyon
Dr. Joel Doyon
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Need more info

Canines can be out of position for many reasons.
If upper jaw skeletal lay matches lower jaw, expansion can create rather than solve problems. You need to see a qualified orthodontic specialist for evaluation. Ask your general demtist to refer you to a specialist.

In brief: Need more info

Canines can be out of position for many reasons.
If upper jaw skeletal lay matches lower jaw, expansion can create rather than solve problems. You need to see a qualified orthodontic specialist for evaluation. Ask your general demtist to refer you to a specialist.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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