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Rapid Palatal Expansion Appliance

example of a rapid palatal expansion appliance

Example of a rapid palatal expansion appliance

What does a rapid palatal expansion appliance do?

The appliance separates the two halves of the palate to widen the upper arch.

How does a rapid palatal expansion appliance work?

It expands the upper arch and palate when you turn the midline screw.

How long does the treatment take?

The expansion will take 1-2 months. You will then have the appliance in for a further 6 months to stabilise the end result.

What should I expect when wearing the appliance?

  • There will be some discomfort initially as the teeth start moving, this will pass in 2-3 days.
  • A gap will open between the front teeth that will quickly close when you stop expanding.
  • There may be some marks on your tongue due to the appliance.

 

DO brush the gums around the bands well, especially on the inside, and remove any food caught around the appliance with a toothbrush. DON’T turn more than the number of times advised by Dr Lipshatz.