Concord Palatal Expander and Space Maintainers
Happy smiles start at a young age
Expanders and space maintainers help create future smiles!
Did you know that baby teeth play a major role in your child’s future smile? They don’t only help your kid eat and speak while their adult teeth come in, but they also act as nature’s “space maintainers”, saving room for permanent teeth that will eventually erupt in their place.
However, sometimes children can lose their baby teeth too soon, which can make a permanent tooth shift into the space of another. If this issue is not addressed promptly, it can cause crowded or crooked teeth, which can lead to bite problems.
That’s what space maintainers are for. A space maintainer is a small device — either fixed or removable — made of metal or plastic, designed to save room for the adult tooth that will fill it someday.
Expanders, on the other hand, are needed when the upper arch (palate) is too narrow in comparison to the lower arch, which causes biting problems and leads to crowding in the future.
These metal appliances work by gently stretching midpalatal suture and pressuring the palate plates outwards, expanding it to its ideal size. Once this is achieved, the expander needs to be worn for several months, typically 4.
Some benefits of expanders are:
- Prevents crowding, creating more room for future teeth
- Help treat and prevent cross-bite (biting problems)
- In some cases, they can help erupt impacted teeth that are blocked by other teeth
- Improved breathing and a broader, more beautiful smile
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Dr. Luba Richter
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