If you have a narrow jaw or a crossbite, palate expanders provide a quick, noninvasive way to prevent additional complications. At Bayside Orthodontics, Inna Gellerman, DDS, Emanuel Mizrahi, DDS, and the team prescribe palate expanders to children and teens. To make an appointment at the practice in Bayside, New York, call the office to speak with a friendly staff member or click the online booking tool.
Palate expanders are orthodontic devices typically recommended for young children and teens. At Bayside Orthodontics, the team uses palate expanders to correct two specific problems:
If your child has a narrow upper jaw, there may not be enough room for their permanent teeth to break through the gum line. Without proper space, the risk of other more serious issues, like crowded, crooked, or overlapping teeth increases.
Palate expanders use mild, targeted pressure to widen the upper jaw, making room for your child’s permanent teeth to come in.
A crossbite is an alignment issue that causes your child’s upper arch to rest inside their lower arch when their mouth is closed. If the upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth, it increases the risk of oral health problems like jaw pain, cavities, and sleep apnea. Palate expanders can correct this type of misalignment by widening the upper jaw.
Palate expanders have two sides that are connected with a long, thin screw. Each side attaches to the molars on your child’s upper jaw and the screw runs across the roof of their mouth.
The team at Bayside Orthodontics provides a key that you use to tighten the screw on a set schedule. Each time you tighten the screw, it increases the pressure, allowing your child’s jaw to widen.
The team custom makes expanders to ensure a comfortable fit. If they determine your child is a candidate, they take a series of digital impressions. Then, they send your child’s impressions to a dental laboratory that creates a custom expander that fits perfectly.
The team at Bayside Orthodontics offers several types of palate expanders, including:
The type of palate expander that will most benefit your child depends on their dental health history, the alignment issues addressed, and goals for treatment. Following an in-office consultation and a comprehensive oral exam, the team can make recommendations that align with your child’s needs.
Palate expanders are safe and typically well-tolerated. Your child might experience some mild pressure or discomfort after each adjustment, but these symptoms should subside within 10-15 minutes. If they persist, apply a bag of ice or use over-the-counter pain medication.
To learn more about palate expanders, make an appointment at Bayside Orthodontics by calling the office to speak with a friendly staff member or clicking the online booking tool.