PALATAL EXPANDER

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PALATAL EXPANDER


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The palatal expander "expands" (or widens) your upper jaw by putting gentle pressure on your upper molars each time an adjustment is made. A palatal expander, also known as a rapid palatal expander, rapid maxillary expansion appliance, palate expander, orthodontic expander, Haas, or Hyrax, is used to widen the upper jaw (maxilla) so that the bottom and upper teeth will fit together better.

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Arch Expansion

Arch expansion is one of the most common ways to eliminate crowding and crossbites in growing patients. Successful expansion requires that the growth plate in the room of the mouth (the midpalatal suture) is not fused. This fusion usually occurs between 14 and 16 years of age.

An expander is attached to the upper arch by bands placed around the teeth or plastic bonded over the teeth. Although there are removable expanders, fixed ones have an important advantage in that they cannot be lost or forgotten.

While there may be some initial discomfort when an expander is placed just because there has never been anything like that attached to the teeth before, for the most part upper arch expansion is relatively painless. Patients report that they feel pressure on the teeth, in the roof of the mouth, behind the nose, and even between the eyes as their expander is activated. This pressure fades within minutes.

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The Orthodontist Office of Dr. Kuhta and Dr. McAnnally provide service for Braces, Retainers, TMJ Disorder, Damon Systems, Invisalign, Surgical Orthodontics, Dentofacial Orthopedics, and Two Phase Treatments. We are located in Bloomfield, MI and service Bloomfield Township, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Troy, Beverly Hills, Berkley, and Clawson.