With today’s early orthodontic treatment, such as rapid maxillary expansion (RPE), we can correct issues with the upper jaw in youngsters so they can avoid the need for surgery later.
Palatal or maxillary expanders help expand the upper jaw during childhood, providing the following benefits:
- They can correct a crossbite. When kids have a narrow palate, the upper teeth bit inside the lower teeth rather than the upper teeth closing around the outside of the lower teeth.
- They can make space for teeth to grow in properly.
- They can improve breathing ability caused by a narrow upper jaw.
At What Age Should RPE Be Done?
Most dentists have found the RPE is most successful when performed on children who are in the early teens and even younger. It’s ideal to address crossbite as early as possible after the age of five. Adults with crossbite whose upper jaw needs to be expanded might need to have surgery, so this is an area crucial to address while children are young.
How Does the Rapid Palatal Expander Work?
The rapid palatal expander is attached to the upper molars, then pressure is applied regularly to encourage the bone to grow between the two halves of the upper jaw. Tiny adjustments are made daily to gradually increase the jaw width.
When Should My Child Have an Orthodontic Check?
At LN Dental Centre, we recommend that children have an orthodontic check around the age of seven. This enables us to address potential problems with less invasive methods, and we can often avoid the need for braces altogether.
How Can I Find Out More About RPE?
We always welcome inquiries from patients, and we invite you to contact our LN Dental Chester Hill to find out more about RPE for your child. We warmly welcome new patients and look forward to seeing you.
To book an appointment, reach out to the team at LN Dental today! You can get in touch by calling (02) 9644 1499 or filling out a contact form. We’re open from 9 am to 5 pm all seven days of the week, so we’re here if you have a pressing need that needs to be seen.
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