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What is a palate expander?

What is a palate expanderFor those who don’t know, a palate expander is a device that is used to widen the upper jaw so that both the jaws are of same size so that both the jaws fix together.

Before putting up braces if the teeth and jaws are not in a good order, the best dentist in UAE will take measurements of your teeth and jaw and if there is any need to expand your upper jaw, then they will put on a palatal expander. You need to turn on your palatal expander with the help of your parents or any adult as you cannot do it on your own. Hold the key of the palatal expander with the fingers, insert the key in it and then move it towards the move of your mouth to the point that it stops. Once done, pull the key out and turn the screw completely towards the back of your mouth to prevent the blockage in holes.

When your jaws are expanded enough that the crossbite is eliminated and your doctor says that your jaws are in the desired position then they will leave the palatal expander in its place for 3 months at least so that the formation of new bones and palate suture is closed and becomes durable.

There are two types of palatal expander i.e. removable and fixed palatal expander. When you turn on the expander you will feel pressure and pain just for a week as your jaws are being expanded but still it is not so much painful. The defects of this expander are that it might get loose from one side; it can come off the tooth if it’s not placed in the right position. It’s rare but you should know that after turning on your palatal expander your nose may bleed as the floor of the nose is being expanded.

The basic things you must keep in mind are that avoid eating sticky and hard food while the expander is on as it will stick to it and might even cause damage. Every time when you brush your teeth don’t forget to brush your palate expander to avoid bacteria. Use a mouthwash and some cleaning object to remove dirt and food particle away from it.

Before starting your treatment make sure that is it necessary for you to put it on. Try following the tips above so that this process becomes easier for you. Also, if need be, feel free to opt for teeth whitening in Dubai to enhance the appearance of your teeth.