When indicated, we use a palate expander in growing patients in order to:
- Widen the upper jaw to create room for erupting permanent teeth
- Improve upper and lower jaw alignment due to a constricted upper arch
- Enhance the esthetics of the smile
When you first have the expander placed, your mouth may produce more saliva. If this occurs, make a conscious effort to swallow normally by closing your lips and pushing your tongue up against the roof of your mouth. Try not to “slurp” as it will drive your family crazy! This will go away as your brain gets used to the palate expander- typically after a couple of days.
You may talk a little funny for a day or two until your tongue gets used to sharing space with the expander – but you will speak normally in no time.