Here at Tadej Orthodontics we’re proud to offer our patients quality orthodontic care and treatment options. With years of experience in the orthodontic field Dr. Tadej specializes in all treatment options to better accommodate his patient’s needs. We pride ourselves in utilizing the latest in orthodontic technology, including the iOC Digital Scanner and Kodak 9000C 3D Imaging system, Dr. Tadej to plan your braces or Invisalign treatment more precisely to help give you the smile you’ve been waiting for!
What is a Rapid Palatal Expander?
Attached to the upper molars through bonding or of cemented bands, the Rapid Palatal Expander is an orthodontic device used to create a wider space in the upper jaw. It is typically used when the upper jaw is too narrow for the lower jaw or when the upper teeth are crowded or blocked out of the dental arch.
When patients are still growing, their connective tissue between the left and right halves of their upper jaw is very responsive to expansion. By simply activating the expander through turning a screw in the center of the palatal expander, with a special key we provide, gradual outward pressure is placed on the left and right halves of the upper jaw. This pressure causes an increased amount of bone to grow between the right and left halves of the jaw, ultimately resulting in an increased width.
We use our iOC 3D digital scanner to make the Rapid Palatal Expanders – that means no traditional gooey impressions!
How to care for your Palatal Expander
It is important to make sure you thoroughly clean your appliance. We do suggest using a Water Pik, this can be very helpful in cleaning in and around your expander.
If you have more questions about palatal expanders, feel free to give our office a call at (661) 322-2263. Located in Bakersfield our office is proud to help patients in Tehachapi, Delano, Taft, Shafter, Wasco and the surrounding communities of Kern County, CA.