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Montréal, Qc H2L 2X4
The palate expander is placed along the roof of the mouth and helps to slightly separate the two parts of the upper jaw bone, which make up the palate. The appliance does not work directly on aligning the teeth, though we do see improvement in most cases.
The device has an expansion screw in it and the patient uses a key () to engage that screw. You begin the process by firmly placing that key in the hole of the screw. Pushing the key towards the back of the mouth, a fender will rotate and a new hole will appear. The expander is moving by way of this front-to-back activation turn. The rotation stops when the key meets the back of the expander. The key can then be removed by pushing the device back. The next hole will then be visible. We’ll be setting out a series of times and turns for you to follow.
While a space between the two upper central incisors will open up, that space will eventually close by itself when the expansion is complete.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 514-278-9332 (If it goes to voice mail, leave the name of the person being treated and a phone number where we can reach you).