Palatal Expansion

Your child’s  NYC orthodontist has determined that palatal expansion is necessary for your child.  A narrow upper jaw may interfere with the fit of upper and lower teeth. Without correction, this may affect your child’s appearance in a negative manner and may contribute to difficulties with biting, chewing and speech. 

Palatal expanders essentially widen an upper jaw that’s too narrow. This is necessary when there’s a discrepancy between the width of the upper and lower jaws. A palatal expansion appliance specifically designed by an orthodontist can markedly increase the width of the upper jaw. A wider jaw allows upper and lower teeth to fit together. This permits teeth and jaws to function well and contributes to a broader, more attractive smile and facial features.

A major benefit of receiving top orthodontic treatment in childhood is that it’s possible to take full advantage of a child’s own natural growth process to treat or even prevent malocclusions (“bad bites”).  A palatal expander is a device designed to help us do that. Please note: Palatal Expansion is not painful.

What is the best age for palatal expansion at The Gelb Center in NYC? Age alone is not the best predictor when a palatal expansion appliance should be used. Ideally, a patient should still be growing. An orthodontist can estimate skeletal maturation and determine whether a patient is still growing by analyzing the growth plates on a hand-wrist x-ray. Patients who have completed growth may require surgically-assisted rapid palatal expansion.

If you are interested in learning more about Palatal Expansion please feel contact the best in class, top orthodontic specialist, Doctor Michael Gelb’s NYC or White Plains, New York acclaimed Gelb Center office today.

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Benefits of Palatal Expansion

  • Cures the problem of  crowded teeth
  • Corrects crossbites without having to remove teeth
  • Helps cure snoring snore  mouth breathers because it
  • Improve nasal airway passages resulting in more oxygen to the brain
  • Prevent TMJ disorders
  • Increases the width of a smile therefore improves a child’s overall appearance

The palate expansion appliance is a custom fit appliance designed to widen the upper teeth. It fits in the roof of the mouth and is cemented to the upper side teeth. The palatal expander “expands” (or widens) your upper jaw by putting gentle pressure on your upper molars each time an adjustment is made. Our orthodontist will instruct you about when and how to adjust your expander. When you (or your child) has achieved the desired expansion, you will wear the appliance for several months to solidify the expansion and to prevent regression.

Five Facts About Palatal Expanders

  • Palatal expanders are small orthodontic appliances that fit inside the mouth.
  • Palatal expanders take advantage of a child’s natural growth processes.
  • Palatal expanders are helpful in treating a variety of orthodontic problems. including teeth crowding, impacted teeth, and crossbite.
  • Palatal expanders can eliminate the need for tooth extraction.
  • Palatal expanders typically shorten overall orthodontic treatment time including orthodontic braces.
Dr. Michael Gelb

Dr. Michael Gelb, DDS, MS is a world-renowned TMJ and Sleep Specialist with practices in both New York City and White Plains. He received his D.D.S. degree from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine and his M.S. from SUNY at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Gelb is the co-author of GASP: Airway Health- The Hidden Path to Wellness, and the co-founder of both The Foundation for Airway Health and The American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry.

The Gelb Center was founded over 30 years ago by Dr. Michael Gelb’s father, Dr. Harold Gelb. Since then, Dr. Michael has taken his father’s findings to the next level through his Airway Centric® integrated therapy. He invented the ACG™ Airway Centric® System with the help of ProSomnus Sleep Technologies. The ACG System is the first day and night dental appliance solution that offers an integrated approach to addressing airway issues.

Dr. Michael Gelb is dedicated to improving his patients’ health by reducing pain, restoring refreshing sleep and transforming lives.

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