Orthodontic palatal expanders are devices that can be used to help correct problems with the bite. They work by widening the upper jaw, which makes more room for the teeth to fit comfortably. Palatal expanders are most often used in children who have a narrow palate, but they can also be helpful for adults who have TMJ disorder or other bite problems. They work by expanding the palate, which helps to create more space for the teeth. Orthodontic palatal expanders are sometimes also known as “expanders.”

Palatal expanderWhat Is A Palatal Expander?

Palatal expanders are typically made of plastic and metal. They fit over the upper teeth and are attached to a brace that goes around the back of the head. The expander is gradually expanded, which widens the palate. This can be a little uncomfortable at first, but it’s important to wear the expander as prescribed to get the best results.

How Does It Work?

Palatal expanders are plastic or metal devices that are fitted to the roof of the mouth. They are then expanded by turning a screw on the device, which gradually pushes the two plates of the expander apart. This widens the palate and helps to correct the bite.

How Long Do You Wear A Palatal Expander?

Most people need to wear a palatal expander for several months, but the time can vary depending on the individual’s needs. After the palate has been widened, the braces can be put in place to correct the bite. Palatal expanders are an important part of orthodontic treatment, and they can make a big difference in the overall results.

Types of Palatal Expanders

  • Traditional palatal expanders are a common fixed orthodontic appliance normally used for children ages 7 to 12 that attaches to back molars and spans the upper arch. The appliance is spring-loaded or manually turned using a key, and applies a gentle force between the molars so that the palate can open. 
  • TAD expanders are ideal for teens. The acrylic TAD palatal expander is a non-surgical device for adolescents ages 12 to 17 that uses a temporary anchorage device (TAD) to achieve optimal width of the upper and lower jaw. 

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