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    Braces with expanders for children can be used to correct narrow jaw morphologies, cross bites and functional mandibular deviations. They can also provide more space for the adult teeth.

    As each child and each case is unique, at your first visit to Ortodoncia Tres Torres we will tell you if an expander is the best option for your child. Once we have diagnosed the problem and told you how long possible treatment will take, we will quote you a fixed price with 0% finance. Make an appointment with no obligation!

    BRACES WITH EXPANDERS FOR CHILDREN

    Braces with expanders are mainly used to treat cases of malocclusion such as posterior cross bites, anterior cross bites and the shortage of space for adult teeth. We advise that braces with expanders for children are used when the child is still growing, as this is when the orthopaedic effect on the bones will be most effective.

    DIFFERENT TYPES OF EXPANDERS FOR CHILDREN

    Most fixed expanders for children are placed on the furthermost molars and on the palate to expand the base of the palate. With an expansive screw the palatal bone will very gradually open.

    Expansion devices are usually always fixed. There are different types of palatal expanders such as the Hyrax, the Hass and the McNamara, all with or without skeletal support.

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    Orthodontic treatment with expanders should be carried out whilst the child is still growing, because the bones ossify during puberty. After this time it is more difficult to expand the bone, and treatments usually take the form of surgical intervention or rely on micro-screws.

    At Ortodoncia Tres Torres Barcelona we are experts in orthodontics for children. We have extensive experience to ensure that your child will get full results with braces with expanders.

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    QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PALATE EXPANDER

    In relation to the types of palate expander, when we expand the upper jaw or palate it is better to use a fixed palate expander for various reasons:

    • As it is fixed, the expansion is more skeletal as it works 24 hours a day and therefore the expansion is more stable over time.
    • The treatment time is reduced to 10-12 months.
    • As it is fixed, it does not depend on the patient’s cooperation. There is no possible loss of the expander.

    The discomfort when a fixed palate expander is cemented in normally lasts 2 days. The only discomfort is that it is somewhat difficult to eat and speak due to the lack of habit of having the appliance in the mouth. However, in two days the patients forget that they are wearing the expander and get used to it perfectly.

    You should avoid all foods that get stuck to the appliance, such as chewing gum, because if they get stuck to the palate expander, they are difficult to remove and could also cause the expander to become detached. If the expander becomes detached, you should visit the clinic as soon as possible so that it can be replaced.

    It must be cleaned with a conventional toothbrush. In addition, it is necessary to apply a jet of pressurised water, which you can do in the shower, with syringes, or with a Waterpik type device that expels pressurised water.

    The fixed palate expander or maxillary disjunctor can be fitted up to puberty (in girls up to 13-14 years of age and in boys 14-15 years of age). The exact time depends on the skeletal maturation of each patient, as the palate expanders separates the maxillary suture in the midline and this can only be done while the patient is growing. As soon as the skeletal sutures have fused, we can no longer expand the maxilla using the maxillary expander alone and other procedures must be used.

    When the patient is a young adult who has passed puberty, the sutures are already fused, so it is not possible to separate the suture from the maxilla using the palatal expander alone as it will not be strong enough to separate the suture. For orthodontic treatment between puberty and up to the age of 20 we can expand the jaw in a predictable way with the MARPE technique which consists of a combination of the palate expander and micro-screws. These micro-screws offer the possibility of applying greater force and being able to expand the palate in a predictable way as before puberty.

    There are several advantages to having a palate expander for children before the age of 10:

    • Easier and more effective widening as the bones expand more easily.
    • The expansion is used to make more space for the eruption of the permanent teeth.
    • The crossbite that causes mandibular deviation is solved.
    • Aesthetic improvement as a wider jaw and smile are achieved.

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