Palatal Expanders

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step-by-step instructions

The palatal expander slowly widens the upper jaw by putting gentle pressure on your upper molars each time the appliance is turned. Each turn only equates to 0.25mm, so the expansion is very slow and does not cause much discomfort.

The animation below will instruct you on how to do these simple turns. It is always best to do the turns right before bedtime so that any discomfort will take place while they are sleeping. Never turn the expander more than once in 24 hours. Never turn the expander more times than prescribed by the doctor, even if you miss the next appointment!


turning expander

  • 1

    step 1

    In a well-lit area, tip the child’s head backwards. The higher their chin is, the easier it will be for you to see the hole.

  • 2

    step 2

    Place the key into the hole until it is firmly in place.

  • 3

    step 3

    Push the key towards the back of the mouth. You will notice the center cog has turned and a new hole has appeared. The rotation stops when the key meets the back of the expander.

  • 4

    step 4

    Slowly remove the key from the hole by pushing the key straight down and out of the hole. Be careful not to accidentally unwind the expander while removing the key. The next hole should still be visible after removing the key.

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