Because jawbones don’t form completely until after puberty, palatal expanders are an ideal solution that can be used by our dentists near you to remedy several common dental conditions in children. Although they are primarily used in children’s dentistry, they can also correct spacing concerns in teenagers and adult patients.
The primary use of palate expanders from our dentists near you at Premier Orthodontics & Dental Specialists is to gently expand the mouth’s roof area to allow for correct tooth alignment. They are often used as the first line of treatment before braces to create more room in the mouth without the necessity of surgery or tooth extraction. The design of the palatal expanders used by our dentists in Elmhurst, IL and Downers Grove, IL take advantage of your child’s natural growth pattern to make orthodontic treatment from Premier Orthodontics & Dental Specialists gentler and easier than other treatment options.
If you’re concerned about what your child’s smile will look like as they mature into adulthood, we invite you to book an appointment with Premier Orthodontics & Dental Specialists to learn whether a fixed palatal expander or a removable palatal expander from our dentists near you will guarantee the results you’re looking for. Whichever option is selected, our dentists and their teams will ensure that you have the information, equipment (a user-friendly key), and comfort level needed to perform pain-free manual adjusting at home.
Like traditional metal braces, palatal expanders will take several days for your child to adjust to, but most of our patients report that the period for their child to get used to them lasted for no more than a week. The first week of wearing them is a great time to enjoy smoothies, yogurt, eggs, and other soft but nutritious foods.
Depending on the amount of widening required, our dentists may recommend the convenience of a removable palatal expander. They are designed to be most effective when worn for 24 hours a day, but they can be easily removed at home when your child is playing sports, brushing their teeth, or eating.
We invite you to contact the team at Premier Orthodontics & Dental Specialists in the location that’s most convenient in Elmhurst, IL, or Downers Grove, IL, to learn more about palatal expanders near you.