A palatal expander is an orthodontic device commonly used in children to gradually expand the width of the upper jaw to correct a narrow palate. If your child has a narrow palate it can lead to several complex issues if not addressed, including speech problems, airway obstruction and crowding of teeth. Widening the upper jaw will create room for your child’s permanent adult teeth, correct bite misalignment, and open the airway for better breathing and sleep quality.
The expander is typically bonded to the upper molars and is not removeable. Dr Benso will custom fit the appliance to conform to the shape of your child’s teeth and mouth. It works by applying lateral pressure to the upper jaw bone through the inside edges of the teeth, gradually widening the area, positioning the teeth in a more desirable location to function with the lower jaw and teeth.