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What Is a Palatal Expander, and How Does It Work?

Dr. Edgar Mendieta of Global Smiles Orthodontics in Columbus, Ohio, may recommend a palatal expander, which helps widen the upper jaw (maxilla) to create more space for your teeth. The appliance is designed with two halves connected by an expansion screw in the middle. By slowly turning this screw over time, the two halves of the expander gradually move apart, creating more room in your mouth and allowing your teeth to move into their desired positions.

What can I expect when using a palatal expander?

To achieve optimal results, it is essential to use a palatal expander as directed by your Orthodontic team. During treatment, you may feel some pressure your jaw adjusts, especially when the screw has been turned, but this should subside. Dr. Mendieta will give you instructions on how long you will need the expander in place and when you should come in for follow-up appointments.

Do I need an orthodontic expander?

The best way to know if you need a palatal expander is to visit your Orthodontist for a comprehensive evaluation. Your dentist can assess the size and shape of your mouth and jaw, determine whether or not there is enough space for all of your teeth, and identify any other issues that may be causing dental crowding. If you have overcrowding, Dr. Mendieta may prefer to use a palatal expander to make room for the teeth rather than removing permanent teeth to achieve the results you need. He can evaluate you and discuss your needs during your first examination and consultation appointment.

How do I learn more about the palatal expander appliance?

With proper use, a palatal expander can give you a beautiful smiles by making room for your teeth. If you call our office, you can learn more about whether or not your smile would benefit from a palatal expander. Call (614) 230-0374 to request an appointment at our office, conveniently located at 3160 West Broad Street in Columbus, OH. We are open to new and returning patients of all ages, serving both children and adults seeking Orthodontic treatment to improve the function and appearance of the smile.

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