Make Some Room!
Orthodontic expanders are a preventive orthodontic treatment that widens a child’s jaw or palate to make more room for permanent teeth and avoid crowding. Expanders can be used on the upper jaw or the lower jaw.
Upper jaw expanders are anchored to the upper back molars. Since the upper jaw has two halves during development, the expander can widen the jaw by gently pushing the two halves apart. The orthodontist will use a special key to widen the expander by about a quarter of a millimeter when your child comes in for an adjustment.
Lower jaw expanders work slightly differently since there is no gap between the lower jawbones during development. Lower jaw expanders will push teeth leaning inwards to a more upright position to create more space. At Capogna Orthodontics in North Massapequa and Garden City, NY, we always strive to provide the most comfortable and efficient care.