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Do expanders make your mouth bigger?

A teeth expander is a device that enlarges your mouth. This creates more room by slowly expanding the jaw. It sounds a little scary, but do not worry! It’s done so gradually that it’s bearable.

How long does an expander stay in your mouth?

Typically, an expander will be in place for about 9 months total time. This may vary from child to child depending on his or her needs.

Can you eat with an expander in your mouth?

The cement used to attach expanders to your teeth cures rapidly, but takes several hours to cure completely. You can eat any time after leaving the office.

Can you eat burgers with expanders?

But please keep eating your fruits and vegetables too! Just remember, take small bites. You can still eat things like ice cream, brownies, cookies, cake, French fries, burger, hot dogs, and pizza (just avoid the crust), no problem. Below is a list of foods to avoid and foods you can eat.

Are expanders bad for kids?

Discomfort. Palate expanders can cause discomfort to both children and adults. As a metal device that is placed inside your mouth, these devices may feel unnatural. But again, it is adults who will experience more pain and discomfort.

How does a palatal expander work in the mouth?

A palatal expander widens the upper jaw slowly to correct a bone size problem and make room for more teeth. It works by actually pushing the bones apart on the roof of the mouth, and then holds the bones in the new position while solid bone is created on the roof of the mouth.

What are the different types of teeth expanders?

There are two main types of teeth expanders- one for the upper jaw and one for the lower. An upper jaw expander slowly increases the space in the top of your mouth by expanding your palate. Over time, the palatal expander is widened. Do not worry, orthodontists won’t widen it too much at once!

What happens to maxillary expansion after the expander is removed?

The posterior segments are wider than the lower posterior teeth. The mandible now deviates to the left, which shows occlusal instability at that moment. This is more obvious with an upper occlusal view (B, arrows). This excess in expansion will disappear once the expander is removed.

How long does it take for teeth expanders to form?

Typically, 1-3 weeks. Some patients need longer, but not usually longer than 6 months. Sometimes the bones in your mouth just take longer to adjust and need time to form. What’s This Key For?