Palatal Expander in Suffern, NY

palatal expander modelThe palatal expander "expands" (or widens) your upper jaw by putting gentle pressure on your upper molars each time an adjustment is made. The animation below will instruct you about when and how to adjust your expander. When you achieve the desired expansion, you will wear the appliance for several months to solidify the expansion and to prevent regression.

Adjusting the palatal expander

You can also download these instructions in a printable PDF document.

Step 1

Step 1

In a well-lit area, tip the patient's head back.

Step 2

Step 2

Place the key in the hole until it is firmly in place.

Step 3

Step 3

Push the key toward the back of the mouth. You will notice the fender will rotate and the new hole will appear. The rotation stops when the key meets the back of the expander.

Step 4

Step 4

Press back and down toward the tongue to remove the key. The next hole for insertion of the key should now be visible.

Dr. Kevin Boyle and our team members are passionate about delivering care that will change your smile and life. Straightening your teeth improves your oral health; it also increases your self-esteem and your confidence. When you know you have an amazing smile, you’re more outgoing and comfortable in social situations; you smile and laugh openly, and you’re happier.

Ramapo Orthodontics combines the latest proven treatment options and technology, with our team’s experience. We understand that your orthodontic needs and concerns are as unique as you; that’s why we’ll review the care options with you, explaining how each works. We want you to be an engaged participant in your treatment, starting with deciding which treatment path is right for your lifestyle.

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