When children have a crossbite, underbite, or narrow arches at a young age, we may need to treat them with a palatal expander. This is a customized expander designed to separate the palate to create enough space for all their teeth so they can smile beautifully. The ideal age to tackle this type of treatment is during the early stages of puberty. If you wait until your teen is 16-17, it may be too late to take advantage of their growth, and their palate will already be fixed. It becomes increasingly difficult and less predictable to intervene at an older age.
Why does my child need a palatal expander?
A palatal expander will help treat dental health irregularities like crossbites and underbite. It is best to start them as early as their puberty stages as it is the most effective point to execute their treatment plan as they grow.
What does a palatal expander do?
It aids in creating a space for all the teeth through separation of the palate.
What can we expect with our new palatal expander?
It may feel foreign at first, which you may interpret as discomfort. It may also affect your saliva flow and the way you speak, wherein you may feel that you sound strange. It should resolve itself though after your expander adjusts in a few days.
Will the palatal expander be painful?
There is some form of discomfort, but it should not be painful.