How long do kids typically wear a palate expander?
Typically, children wear the expander for up to six months. I recommend that patients get a palatal expander at a young age to make room for permanent teeth before they come.
How long are expanders worn?
How Long is a Rapid Palatal Expander Used? Expanding the palate is usually complete within three to six weeks. The appliance will remain in the mouth for a longer period of time. The appliance typically remains in the mouth for 5-6 months which allows the newly formed bone to mature.
How long does it take for a palate expander to work?
The expansion of the palate is usually completed in 1-3 weeks. However, the appliance remains in the mouth for a longer period, generally 5-6 months to allow the new bone that has formed to mature.
Is there an alternative to a palate expander?
A more effective, simpler, and less costly alternative than a palatal expander is to use an appliance called a space maintainer. Interestingly, baby molars are larger in size than the permanent premolars that replace them. A space maintainers holds the extra space that is left when the baby teeth fall out.
Are expanders painful for kids?
Do Palatal Expanders Hurt? For the first few days after receiving the palatal expander, your child may experience some discomfort and difficulty speaking and eating. However, the expander should not cause pain.
Does it hurt to get a palate expander removal?
Will it Hurt? There will be some discomfort at first, but there will not be a lot of pain. The expander may feel heavy in your mouth at first, since it is something new and different in there.
How long should a palatal expander be worn?
Once the desired expansion is achieved, we will leave the appliance in for a few more months to allow new bone to form in the gap and stabilize the expansion. Generally, expanders are worn for 3-6 months altogether.
What do you need to know about palatal expansion?
Palatal expansion. A palatal expander. A palatal expander is a device in the field of orthodontics which is used to widen the upper jaw (maxilla) so that the bottom and upper teeth will fit together better. This is a common orthodontic procedure.
When do you need a palatal expander ( SARPE )?
Surgically Assisted Rapid Palatal Expansion (SARPE) Once a patient reaches maturity (puberty) the palate halves or the Intermaxillary suture fuses together into a single palate tissue. If the patient suffers with a constricted maxillary arch, a palatal expander would need to be used. However, with the matured palate,…
Are there any side effects of a palate expander?
If it is removed too early with no retention, the teeth may relapse. And if the teeth are very crowded or crooked it may take longer. Expanders work great, but there are some side effects that catch parents by surprise. One of them is the appearance and disappearance of a gap between the front teeth.
How old is my son wearing a palatal expander?
My 8 year old son has been wearing a Palatal Expander for a few months now. He wanted to share his feelings about it with everyone, and I thought, hey, no one can explain it better than the person wearing it! So, without further ado, here we go!
What happens when you have a palate expander?
By activating the palatal, tension at the junction of the two palatal bones increases and allows the bones to gradually move apart. With a palate expander, patients can enjoy a broader, more attractive smile.
When is the best time to do palatal expansion?
When the palatal expansion is done between the ages of 7 to 14, there is usually some component of dental expansion and some component of palatal expansion. With increasing age during this 7-year window, the percentage of skeletal expansion decreases whereas the percentage of dental expansion increases.
Can a palette expander be used with braces?
“We did palette expander for my daughter around that age. For her case, they didn’t say it would avoid braces –in fact they were pretty sure she would still need them.