There are cases when a patient’s upper jaw is too narrow or doesn’t have enough space, causing various dental issues. An upper palate expander is essential in these cases to expand their jaw for healthier tooth spacing. Individuals often benefit from an expander before braces because it creates enough space for teeth to move.
Dental palate expanders also fix issues such as:
- Impacted teeth: Impacted teeth are blocked by other teeth due to a lack of space, causing problems such as gum disease and infection.
- Crowding: Crowding is when teeth are too close together, increasing the risk for chipping and other damage. It’s also harder to floss, potentially causing cavities.
- Crossbite: Crossbites are when the top teeth in the back of the mouth are too far inside the bottom teeth, causing problems such as damage to the enamel.
An upper palate expander can fix these issues by separating your palate’s upper right and left portions and giving your teeth more space. These devices also help with aesthetics, offering a broader smile that you will love.
Dental expanders are relatively painless because orthodontists use them when the roof of the mouth is soft and shifts easily. You may feel a little pressure when you expand your hyrax device with the key, but this sensation will quickly go away.
Take care of your expander like your teeth, brushing it twice a day or after every meal. Rinsing with water after you eat to remove food particles is also beneficial, along with occasionally using an antimicrobial mouth rinse.
Groves Orthodontics offers personal and professional orthodontic treatment for patients in Southlake, Texas. Our friendly and experienced staff members want to ensure you have the best experience when you walk through the door, whether you need a dental expander or a braces consultation. Trust Dr. Groves for exceptional orthodontic service that will make you smile.