The palatal expander “expands” (or widens) your upper jaw by putting gentle pressure on your upper molars each time an adjustment is made. The animation below will explain when and how to adjust your expander. When you achieve the desired expansion, you will wear the appliance for several months to prevent regression.

Adjusting the Palatal Expander

Step 1
In a well-lit area, tip the patient’s head back.

Step 2
Place the key firmly in the hole.

Step 3
Push the key toward the back of the mouth. You will notice the fender will rotate and the new hole will appear. The rotation stops when the key meets the back of the expander.

Step 4
Press back and down toward the tongue to remove the key. The next hole for insertion of the key should now be visible.

To get started on an orthodontic consultation in Lake Forest and Gurnee, Illinois, give Goshgarian Orthodontics a call today at 847-295-3370. Our orthodontist, Dr. Ara Goshgarian, will be happy to talk to you about the palatal expander process and answer any questions you might have. Our team will work with you to meet your unique orthodontic needs and to get to know you individually.

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