Palatal Expanders from just $1,250
A dental palatal expander is a type of orthodontic device that is used to widen the upper jaw in children and some adults. It is typically recommended for patients with narrow upper jaws, crowding or bite issues, or breathing problems related to a constricted airway.
The palatal expander is a custom-made appliance that is attached to the roof of the mouth, and it applies gentle, constant pressure on the back molars to widen the upper jaw over time. The device may be removable or fixed, and it can be adjusted by an orthodontist to increase the amount of pressure or to achieve the desired expansion.
Palatal expanders are often used in children between the ages of 7 and 14, as their bones are still growing and more pliable. However, the device can also be used in some adult cases as well. The treatment can last anywhere from several months to a year, depending on the degree of expansion needed.
The benefits of a palatal expander can include improving dental alignment, correcting bite problems, and alleviating breathing difficulties associated with a constricted airway. Palatal expansion can also improve facial symmetry and create more space for teeth, potentially reducing the need for tooth extractions.
It’s important to note that palatal expanders may cause some initial discomfort or difficulty with speaking and eating, and require diligent oral hygiene to prevent bacterial growth. Palatal expanders are typically prescribed and monitored by an orthodontist, who will create a customized treatment plan based on the patient’s individual needs and goals.
The average duration for oral expanders 6-12 months
Procedure for getting palatal expanders
The procedure for getting palatal expanders typically involves several steps, including:
Initial Orthodontic Consultation
Placement of the expander
Removal of the expander
Getting palatal expanders involves gradually widening the upper jaw to correct bite issues and improve oral health. We must follow our dentist’s instructions closely and attend all follow-up appointments to ensure the best possible results.
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Benefits of Expanders
- Correcting bite issues: Palatal expanders can help correct bite issues by widening the upper jaw and creating more space for the teeth to align properly. This can improve the bite and help prevent dental problems in the future.
- Improving breathing and sleep: Palatal expanders can also help improve breathing and sleep for patients with sleep apnea or other breathing problems. The airway is also widened by widening the upper jaw, making it easier to breathe and reducing the risk of sleep apnea and snoring.
- Enhancing facial symmetry: Palatal expanders can improve facial symmetry and aesthetics by correcting issues related to a narrow or underdeveloped upper jaw. By widening the jaw, palatal expanders can also improve the face’s overall appearance.
- Reducing the need for tooth extractions: Palatal expanders can create more space in the mouth, reducing the need for tooth extractions. This can help preserve the natural teeth and prevent future dental problems.
- Shortening treatment time: Palatal expanders can help shorten the overall treatment time by creating more space for the teeth to move into their proper position. This can result in a more efficient and effective orthodontic treatment.
It’s important to note that palatal expanders are not suitable for everyone and should only be used under the supervision of a qualified orthodontist. A dental professional can help determine if palatal expanders are the right treatment option for your orthodontic needs.
Why do dentists would recommend palatal expanders?
- Crossbite: If you have a crossbite, which is when some of your upper teeth are located inside your lower teeth when you bite down, palatal expanders may be recommended. Palatal expanders can help widen your upper jaw and correct the crossbite.
- Crowding: If you have crowded teeth, palatal expanders may be recommended to create more space in your mouth. By widening your upper jaw, palatal expanders can create more space for your teeth to move into their proper position, reducing the need for tooth extractions.
- Breathing issues: If you have breathing issues, such as sleep apnea or other breathing problems, palatal expanders may be recommended. By widening your upper jaw, palatal expanders can also widen your airway, making it easier to breathe and reducing the risk of sleep apnea and snoring.
- Jaw misalignment: If you have a misaligned jaw, palatal expanders may be recommended to help correct it. By widening your upper jaw, palatal expanders can help align your upper and lower jaws properly, improving your bite and overall oral health.
- Aesthetics: If you have a narrow or underdeveloped upper jaw, palatal expanders may be recommended to improve your facial symmetry and aesthetics. By widening your upper jaw, palatal expanders can improve the overall appearance of your face.
It’s important to consult with a qualified orthodontist to determine if palatal expanders are the right treatment option for your specific needs. They can assess your oral health and recommend the best treatment plan to help you achieve optimal oral health and aesthetics.
In many cases, yes, you may need braces after wearing palatal expanders. While palatal expanders can help widen your upper jaw and correct certain bite issues, they may not be sufficient to align your teeth and correct more complex orthodontic problems fully.
Braces are often recommended after palatal expanders to help shift your teeth into their proper position and achieve a straighter, more aligned smile. Braces can also help close gaps between your teeth, correct bite issues, and improve oral health.
The length of time you may need to wear braces after palatal expanders can vary depending on the severity of your orthodontic issues and the recommended treatment plan. Our dentists can provide a personalized treatment plan outlining the duration and type of braces needed to help you achieve optimal results.
It’s important to follow our dentist’s recommendations closely and attend all follow-up appointments to ensure the best possible results. By working with a qualified orthodontist and following a comprehensive treatment plan, you can achieve a straighter, healthier smile that lasts a lifetime.
The ideal age for palate expansion is between 7 and 14 years old while the bones are still growing and developing. However, it is possible to undergo palate expansion as an adult, although the process may take longer and be less effective.
No specific age is too late for a palate expander, as it depends on individual factors such as the degree of jaw and palate development, the condition of the teeth, and the overall health of the patient. However, as the bones in the face become more mature and less pliable, it may be more difficult to achieve significant expansion in adults.
The exact age at which a palate expander stops working can vary depending on the individual’s growth and development. Sometimes, a palate expander may still be effective in older or young adults experiencing bone growth and development.
That being said, the effectiveness of a palate expander can be reduced as an individual gets older and their bones become more mature and less pliable. Adults may require more extensive orthodontic treatment or even surgery to correct jaw and palate alignment issues.
It’s best to consult an orthodontist to determine the most appropriate treatment options based on your needs and circumstances.
If you are considering palate expansion, it’s best to consult an orthodontist or orthodontic dental professional who can assess your specific needs and recommend the most appropriate treatment options.
If your palate expander breaks, it’s important to contact your orthodontist as soon as possible. Your orthodontist must assess the damage and determine the best action to repair or replace the expander.
In the meantime, you should stop using the expander and avoid eating hard or sticky foods that could further damage it. You may also want to take over-the-counter pain relievers to manage discomfort or pain.
If the expander has caused any cuts or sores in your mouth, you can rinse your mouth with warm salt water to help promote healing and reduce the risk of infection.
It’s important to remember that a broken or damaged expander may affect the progress of your orthodontic treatment, so it’s best to have it repaired or replaced as soon as possible to minimize any delays in achieving your treatment goals.
To properly maintain your palatal expander, follow these guidelines:
- Oral hygiene: Brush your teeth and the expander using a soft-bristle toothbrush after every meal. Pay special attention to cleaning around the expander’s bands and wires. Use a fluoride toothpaste to help prevent tooth decay.
- Avoid sticky and hard foods: Refrain from consuming sticky or hard foods that could damage or dislodge the expander. This includes chewing gum, caramel, hard candies, and ice.
- Regular activation: If your expander requires activation, follow the instructions provided by your orthodontic dentist. This may involve turning a key or adjusting the expander as directed.
- Be cautious with oral habits: Avoid habits that may interfere with the expander’s effectiveness, such as thumb-sucking, biting nails, or pushing the expander with your tongue or fingers.
Attend regular dental appointments: Visit your orthodontist or dentist for regular check-ups and adjustments as recommended. They will monitor the progress of your treatment and make any necessary adjustments to the expander.
- Communicate with your orthodontist: If you experience discomfort, pain, or issues with your palatal expander, notify your orthodontist immediately. They can address any concerns and make any necessary modifications.
Remember to follow the instructions provided by your orthodontist for your particular palatal expander. They will guide you on the best practices for maintaining and caring for your expander to ensure optimal results.
The coverage for orthodontic treatments, including palatal expanders, varies depending on your private health insurance plan. Some plans may cover some or all of the cost of orthodontic treatments, while others may not.
It’s important to review your insurance policy or contact your insurance provider to determine what orthodontic treatments are covered under your plan and any limits or restrictions that may apply. For example, some plans may have age limits or waiting periods before orthodontic coverage begins.
If your insurance plan does not cover orthodontic treatments or does not cover the full cost of the treatment, you may need to pay out-of-pocket for some or all of the expenses. Our dental team may be able to provide you with a cost estimate and work with you to develop a payment plan that fits your budget.
It’s always a good idea to check with your insurance provider before starting any orthodontic treatment to ensure you fully understand your coverage and any costs you may be responsible for.
The cost of a palatal expander can vary depending on several factors, including:
- The type of expander: There are different palatal expanders, and the cost can vary depending on the type. Removable expanders tend to be less expensive than fixed expanders.
- The complexity of the case: The severity of the orthodontic problem being treated can affect the cost of a palatal expander. More complex cases may require longer treatment and additional appointments, increasing costs.
Discussing the cost of a palatal expander with our dentist before starting treatment is important. At Amazing Smiles, we can provide you with an estimate of the cost based on your individual needs.
As a result of these different factors, oral expanders are quoted on a case-by-case basis. Therefore, we provide a FREE analysis* for a personalized quote for an orthodontic appliance. Complete the form below to arrange an in-chair consult.
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