Our dentists may recommend a palatal expander if your jaw is too narrow to accommodate your teeth. This orthodontic appliance works to create a wider space in the upper jaw, which can lead to a better fit between your upper and lower teeth. This not only improves your oral function by allowing for more efficient chewing and speaking, but also enhances the aesthetic appeal of your smile.

When you step into our office, our dedicated dentists will perform a comprehensive evaluation of your dental structure and bite. This initial assessment is fundamental in tailoring a treatment plan that addresses your unique orthodontic requirements. For individuals whose dental challenges stem from a narrow upper jaw, a palatal expander may be the recommended course of action. This recommendation is based on the principle of gently widening the upper jaw by applying gradual pressure on the palatal bones, thus creating additional room for teeth alignment and mitigating issues such as crowding so that your teeth can align properly without the need for a tooth extraction.

The application of a palatal expander involves a carefully calibrated process, where the device is adjusted periodically to exert the right amount of pressure on the palate. This methodical approach ensures that the expansion is both effective and comfortable. Depending on the specific needs and age of the patient, the expander can be either removable or fixed. A removable expander offers the convenience of easy cleaning and adjustment, while a fixed expander provides a constant and consistent pressure that can be ideal for certain conditions.

To learn more about palatal expanders in DeWitt and Stuttgart, Arkansas, and schedule your consultation with Dr. Randall Hestir, Dr. J. Doug Allen, Dr. John (Holt) Hestir or Dr. Catriona Oltmann, please contact our team today.

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