Many times, orthodontists recommend palatal expanders to pre-teens and teens who need to widen the roof of their mouth. With partial expanders, children with crossbites, crowding, impacted teeth, or breathing challenges can find relief. Although partial expanders are capable of widening the mouth in as little as 14 to 21 days, the appliance typically remains in a child’s mouth for 3 to 6 months to ensure that the expansion retains.
If an orthodontist determines that your child could benefit from a palatal expander, you can expect them to experience some discomfort and feelings of pressure as the upper arch expands. Fortunately, your child will get used to the device after a few days and be able to relieve their discomfort with over-the-counter pain medications.
It is possible for your child to get a palatal expander with their braces. However, palatal expanders are typically secured prior to braces. By completing a palatal expander treatment prior to braces, your child will be able to create room in their mouth so that their teeth can be aligned easier when they do get braces.
Additionally, getting a palatal expander first will be more comfortable for your child. In the event that your child can tolerate the discomfort and the orthodontist believes that it is appropriate for them to get a palatal expander with braces, they will be able to shorten their overall orthodontic treatment time.
Regardless of whether your child gets a palatal expander prior to braces or in conjunction with them, they’ll enjoy a more functional and attractive smile once their treatment has been completed.
Contact Gladwell Orthodontics Today
Since every patient has unique needs and preferences, it’s vital that you contact Gladwell Orthodontics today at (919) 453-6325 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jason Gladwell. He’ll evaluate your child’s specific situation and inform you whether they should get a palatal expander prior to braces or in conjunction with them.