Tuesday, March 31, 2015

How To Prepare Your Child For A Palate Expander

What  is a palate expander? 

A palate expander is a orthodontic device used to widen the upper jaw so that the bottom and top teeth will fit together correctly.

How is an expander used?

An expander is attached to the upper arch by bands places around the teeth. There will be some discomfort when the expander is placed since there has never been anything attached to the teeth before. You will feel pressure on the teeth, on the roof of your mouth, behind the nose and between the eyes when the expander is activated. Your orthodontist will determine a treatment plan of when you can turn the key to expand the expander.

Ways to Prepare your child for the expander:
  •  Stock up on soft foods.
  • Stock up on liquid Advil.
  • Prepare from some serious slurpage - since the mouth isn't used to the new device.
  • Get some orthodontic wax.
  • Don't get the expander on a Friday or before a holiday weekend - I'm sure they want to enjoy the weekend and that yummy holiday food!
  • Prepare for the turning of the key to hurt.
  • Give Advil 30 min. prior to turning the key - Makes it a little more tolerable.
  • Don't research more into it - do what the doctor orders.
Remember if you have any concerns please consult dentist!

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