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.