Fast Facts About Palatal Expanders

Fast Facts About Palatal Expanders

Generally, palatal expanders are a type of orthodontic device fitted to those who want to prevent or correct crossbites and teeth crowding. The procedure is generally recommended to those who have not yet reached their puberty stage or children below 14 or 15 years old. Adults can also wear palatal expanders but it is generally recommended by orthodontists for adults to get the removable type since adult bones are already harder to move. Look for qualified and experienced orthodontics to ensure that you will get high quality service without breaking the bank. The price range for palatal expander varies depending on the treatment required and the age of the patient.

Advantages and Disadvantages  

One of the positive things about having a palatal expander is that your child’s potential or current orthodontic issues are immediately corrected. The older the patient gets, the harder it is to fix the dental problem, not to mention, more costly. Another advantage of palatal expanders is it aids in enabling the child to breathe easier, which is beneficial for those with sleep apnea. Crossbites, which affects speech and the way the child chews his or her food may also be treated with the procedure.

However, the entire treatment can be costly. It can reach up to $3,000, depending on the severity of the correction needed and the child’s age. The procedure can also cause minor discomfort while the expansion is happening.

Caring process

While one is undergoing the process, dental hygiene is highly recommended. While kids are wearing the palatal expander, it is important for them to clean and brush their teeth every after eating. They can also use mouthwash with anti-bacteria to prevent cavities and decay. Expert dentists also recommend the use of toothpaste with fluoride to strengthen the teeth and protect them from damage.

Another important caring tip, not just for those who are wearing palatal expanders, but for everyone, especially young children, is to visit a dentist for check-up, at least once every six months or depending on the need. Through the check-up, the dentist or orthodontists can determine the areas that require more attention and how to keep one’s teeth and gums healthy.

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