Your child has received a rapid palatal expander to widen the upper jaw by separating the suture in the middle of the palate. This will correct the crossbite and create more space for erupting teeth.

WHAT TO EXPECT: THE FIRST DAY OR TWO WILL BE THE MOST CHALLENGING

The patient may experience frustration with speech. Your patience and encouragement will help them adapt quickly. A helpful tip is to have them read out loud until their speech improves. Usually this is resolved within the first 24 to 72 hours.

Eating may be difficult at first and soft foods for the first few meals may be necessary until he/she is accustomed to the appliance. Their bite will continually change as the expansion occurs; therefore, it is normal to feel as though only some teeth are hitting.

Food may accumulate between the roof of the mouth and the appliance. Swishing with water after meals is the best way to dislodge any food particles. Brushing the appliance and the bands cemented on the teeth is required. Insufficient brushing can leave plaque buildup on the teeth and cause gingivitis around the appliance.

Your child may develop a space between the two front teeth. This is an indication that the appliance is working and the jaw is widening as expected.

Tooth tenderness is normal and can be relieved with ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or Tylenol.

PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE IF:

  • The appliance becomes loose
  • The patient is experiencing extreme pain.
  • You are unable to turn the appliance.

For more details about a rapid palatal expander in Elkhorn, Nebraska, call Skyline Orthodontics and talk to our orthodontist, Dr. Laura Rothe, today!