Belmont, MA Dentist

The orthodontic tool known as a palate expander is used to widen the roof of a child’s mouth — over time. Some children might need them, and some will not. It depends on each child’s mouth and the doctor’s recommended treatment.

Each mouth is unique, including the shape of the palate. A narrow palate can cause improper tooth growth, crowding, and even jaw alignment. A palatal expander will make room for a child’s teeth to grow and address jaw alignment problems.

Palatal expanders work by applying constant, gentle pressure to the palate until it moves to the desired expansion point. Recommended treatment can last anywhere between three to twelve months, depending on the child. Most doctors will keep the palate expander in place after achieving the desired expansion so the palate solidifies its new shape.

If you have questions about your child’s palate, or the spacing, contact our office today to schedule an evaluation.