Palate Expanders in New York City, NY
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What Are Palate Expanders?
When a young patient has a narrow roof of the mouth (palate), we may suggest a palate expander. This treatment is typically suggested when an ortho patient has an overcrowded mouth, overlapping teeth, a crossbite, or something else. Aside from the cosmetic issues this can fix, a palate expander may prevent jaw surgery or other extensive procedures in the future. For more information about palate expanders and whether your child may need one, contact Concerned Dental Care in New York City, NY.
Does My Child Need a Palate Expander?
If your child has a narrow upper arch (palatal arch) or a crossbite, they could be an ideal candidate for a palate expander. This expander is used to gently stretch the palate, which doesn't fully fuse until about 14 – 16, to widen the upper jaw and give permanent teeth the opportunity to erupt properly. Additionally, a palate expander can make it easier for your child to brush and floss.
Your child could be a good candidate for a palate expander if they have any of the below issues:
- Overcrowded teeth: If your child's teeth don't have enough space, their adult teeth may not come in, and they could more easily develop gum disease and cavities.
- Crossbite: A narrow upper jaw can cause a misalignment between the upper and lower jaws, leading to issues in speech, bite, and more.
- Crooked teeth: If your child has a narrow palate, it could mean their adult teeth come in crooked or shift over time, leading to aesthetic and oral health issues.
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What is the Process of Getting A Palate Expander?
Depending on your child's needs, we may suggest a fixed or removable palate expander. A fixed palate expander is attached to bands that have been cemented onto their molar teeth and can even be customized with fun colors. Some palate expanders have a key that can be used to adjust the size of the expander, stretching the bones day by day.
If your child has a palate expander, particularly a fixed palate expander, it can be difficult to brush and floss properly. We will show your child the best way to do this, but you may need to help them with this. The days your child's expander has stretched, they may experience some pain or pressure; this is normal for a day or two.
What Follow-Up is Necessary With Palate Expanders?
Some children may develop spaces between the front teeth while they undergo their treatment. This is somewhat common and could be intended. During follow-up appointments, we'll evaluate their progress and make any needed treatment plan adjustments. Treatment typically lasts between 6 – 9 months, but we'll go over how long you can expect your child's treatment to be during your consultation.
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Are Palate Expanders Covered By Insurance?
Depending on your insurance plan and provider, palate expanders may be covered. Someone from our New York area billing team will contact your insurer to get an idea of all your benefits and determine any out-of-pocket costs. To make paying for necessary dental treatments more affordable, Concerned Dental Care accepts a variety of payment options, including medical financing. We can go over these options with you and will work with you to create a treatment plan that fits your needs and your budget.
Create A Healthy Mouth and Stunning Smile with a Palate Expander
Palate expanders are often a critical component of children's orthodontic treatment. This device helps expand the upper jaw, allowing for proper alignment and for teeth to erupt correctly. For more information on getting your child a palate expander in New York City, NY, contact Concerned Dental Care to schedule a consultation at any of our New York area locations.