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Need For Palate Expanders with Braces Treatment

When you need to have braces on your teeth, the dentist might also want to go ahead and recommend expanders. Several times, Braces and Expanders go hand in hand and they are included in the braces treatment. What you do need to do is to ask your dentist about any clarifications for the same.

The expanders are usually used to go ahead and expand the jaw so that there won’t be any overcrowding of the teeth and this will lead to the teeth being able to be straightened out. The expanders might seem a wee bit cumbersome but they are the things that are needed to ensure that the braces treatment is a great success.

The thing with expanders is that the moment they are fitted on, you will find that they might bring on some pain and discomfort. But, you will get used to it after having them on for a while. There are some dentists who prefer to have retainers on for people who might find the Braces and Expanders to be too painful and causing discomfort. What most people tend not to like about expanders is that it is fitted to their palate and this can be quite painful. After a few weeks of wearing the Braces and Expanders you will get quite used to them and won’t feel as though you have this extra bit in your mouth.

The first thing to note with Braces and Expanders is that the younger the child is, the better it is for them. This is because at that point of time their roof of the mouth has not grown completely and is pliable. Also, the jaws are not shut yet and therefore it is easy to work on them. For adults, sometimes Braces and Expanders might not work and then they will have to go in for surgery.

The use of Braces and Expanders is that you will be able to get your upper jaw widened. In growing children because of the skeletal growth it seems to have a great outcome. The expander can be activated with the help of a screw that is on it. You need to turn the screw or the key and the appliance gets tightened in your mouth. It does not come out of your mouth and remains fixed until the dentist decides to remove it.

The dentist will teach the parent about how to go ahead turning the screws and the key. This will ensure that the expander is fitted well into the upper jaw. There are periodic visits to the dentist to ensure that the expander is in the right place and is tight enough. The expander is usually used for three months before it is removed and then the braces placed on the teeth.

This is one sure shot way of making certain that you get your dream smile. There is the use of Braces and Expanders that are becoming all the more popular.


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Posted By : brittney on 08-Jul-2015 10:38 AM
Do I have to have jaw surgery because orthodonist say so or can I braces on with out the surgery

Posted By : Georgette on 17-Jun-2014 07:02 PM
I was told that my son needs expanders & braces. He will be turning 12 in 2 months. I am concerned that it may be too late for expanders because of his age? Your thoughts would be appreciated?

Posted By : Dr.Ritz on 23-Aug-2012 12:59 AM

Dear EMILY, Expander do hurt but discomfort after such a long should be immediately reported to the dentist. You case requires a clinical examination and what i feel is that the pain is due to increased outward pressure exerted by expanders. So, your dentist will loosen up the appliance which will decrease the pain.


Posted By : Emily on 21-Aug-2012 11:41 PM
I got my expander about 2 months ago and its painful! My tounge is always sore, its hard to eat sometimes. I have a deep scar on my tounge because of this expander!!!! I'm getting this removed in 6 months. It really sucks

Posted By : Dr Carl on 30-Jan-2012 12:52 AM
JoshUa, Some dizziness can occur after turning expanders or removal of appliance for repair. It is normal. After expanders are turned, teeth your son to remain seated for some time and not to stand immediately.

Posted By : JoshUa on 29-Jan-2012 09:41 PM
When I turn my son's expanders, he feels dizzy...... Is that normal?

Posted By : Dr Ritz on 12-Nov-2011 12:25 AM
Nathalie, Tongue soreness after getting palate expander can be because of some sharp metal points on expander. It must be irritating your tongue and would have lead to soreness. You can visit your orthodontist to correct any sharp metal point if present there. By the time, you visit your dentist; you can put wax on sharp metal parts to reduce soreness.

Posted By : nathalie on 11-Nov-2011 07:14 AM
I just got my jaw expander on Wednesday and my tongue is really sore. The middle is purple is this normal? Its really sore!!!

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