A palate expander is used in orthodontics and applies slow force to the two maxillae to expand the upper jaw. The patient activates the expander by turning a screw on a daily basis. As the screw lengthens, bone growth is stimulated and the jaw develops making room for crowded teeth.
After the expander is removed, the upper arch will be wider and allow for the proper eruption of teeth. An expanded jaw allows for proper alignment and positioning of the teeth during treatment with braces. This leads to a broader smile and a more stable result with less chance of crowding or relapse.
Contact us today to set up your free orthodontist exam and to learn more about how a palate expander may help you. Orthodontic Specialists has options from traditional metal braces to Invisalign, and we have affordable treatment options for every case.