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To Expand or Not to Expand

A palatal expander is a frequently used orthopedic appliance used in children and adults. There are many different types of expanders but it all boils down to doing the same thing- making your upper jaw wider. Your upper jaw is made up of two boney halves with a soft cartilage in between. The expander stretches the cartilage in the center allowing the jaw to widen. The prime time to use one is prior to age 14 before the cartilage is no longer soft and stretchy and instead turns into bone. When the expander is activated or turned, a gap will form temporarily between the front teeth. This is normal and a good sign it is working! There are several reasons why you would need an expander. On

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