If you’re considering palatal expanders for your orthodontic treatment, you’re on the right track! Palatal expanders can be a great way to improve your smile and your overall oral health. At Timock Family Orthodontics, we know that many patients get intimidated by this incredibly beneficial treatment, so we wanted to give some insight and walk you through the process. Let’s do a deep dive into everything palatal expanders to help you understand whether they’re a good fit for you!
What are palatal expanders?
Palatal expanders are orthodontic devices that help to widen the upper jaw. They apply pressure on either side of the palate, causing it to move outward gradually. Over time, this helps create room for the teeth and can result in a more attractive smile. Palatal expanders can also help to improve breathing and chewing efficiency.
How do palatal expanders work?
They are usually made of metal and attached to the upper molars using wire and bands. When palatal expanders are in place, they slowly stretch your palatal structure over time. This is done by activating a key screw in the center of the expander daily with a special tool provided by your orthodontist. The entire process typically takes 4-6 weeks, depending on your case and the severity of crowding in your mouth.
Are palatal expanders right for me?
This treatment is most commonly used for children and adolescents with an upper jaw that is too narrow for their lower jaw. The condition, also known as a crossbite, can lead to all sorts of orthodontic issues, including crowding and improper tooth alignment. Luckily, palatal expanders can help correct this problem and create room for the teeth to align properly.
At your consultation, Dr. Timock can better understand whether palatal expanders can improve your orthodontic concerns. He’ll do a comprehensive exam and assess the severity of your crowding before recommending palatal expanders.
What can I expect during palatal expansion treatment?
When you’re getting palatal expanders, Dr. Timock will start by taking x-rays and impressions of your teeth and jaw. This helps him determine the right size and type of palatal expander for you. During the treatment, you can expect to see Dr. Timock regularly so he can check on your progress and make sure everything is going according to plan. He’ll also provide you with a special tool to activate your palatal expander daily.
Palatal Expander Tips from Timock Family Orthodontics
Here are a few palatal expander tips from the orthodontic experts at Timock Family Orthodontics:
- Follow your orthodontist’s instructions carefully.
- Talk to Dr. Timock to change your adjustment routine if you feel discomfort.
- Keep your palatal expander clean and free of debris.
- Avoid hard or sticky foods while palatal expansion is in progress.
- Be patient and trust the process.
- Don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Timock with any questions or concerns.
Dr. Timock says, “Palatal expanders are your friend!”
At Timock Family Orthodontics, we understand that palatal expanders can be intimidating. However, they are a great tool that can help create room for the teeth and improve your smile. With palatal expanders, you’ll enjoy improved oral health and a beautiful, confident smile.
Contact our Fort Collins or Windsor office to book your free consultation today. Dr. Timock will walk you through how palatal expanders can be a part of your orthodontic journey toward a gorgeous new smile!