Expanders widen your jaws by applying gentle pressure to your teeth and jaws. They are indicated for patients who need development of the jaws to allow teeth to come into their proper positions and to coordinate the size and shape of one jaw to the other. There are palatal ("upper") expanders and mandibular ("lower") expanders. We offer state-of-the-art, self-activating expanders that automatically expand, thus fitting much better into everyone’s busy lifestyle, as there is no longer the need to turn them at home. Additionally, these expanders are significantly more comfortable than their predecessors, since the forces they apply are so light.
And, because these expanders are reforming the jaws gently, the results are fantastic and stable.
Usually in place for 6 to 12 months, our expanders can be used alone when undergoing Two-Phase Treatment, or in conjunction with braces.
While wearing expanders, patients are responsible for keeping them clean and for treating them with care, including choosing the proper foods to eat, so that the expanders do not become loose or damaged.
Dr. Held wants orthodontic treatment to be as comfortable as possible with an incredible result. These self-activating expanders are one of the keys to accomplishing those goals.