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When you visit our orthodontist for your initial consultation, we will examine your teeth and bite to evaluate the fit of your upper and lower teeth. Many patients need adjustments to their bite in order to help their top and bottom teeth fit together properly and ensure a smile that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. In cases where the upper arch is too narrow and cannot accommodate all your teeth, a palatal expander may be a good option for making this adjustment and improving your bite.

What Are Palatal Expanders?

Palatal expanders are a type of orthodontic appliance used to widen the upper jaw. Palatal expanders are very gentle, working gradually to address functional issues and create a broader, more aesthetic smile.

How Do Palatal Expanders Work?

Palatal expanders work by gradually stretching the soft cartilage of middle of the the palate, making room for crowded permanent teeth without the need of extracting those teeth. Our orthodontist will discuss whether or not a palatal expander is right for you, and whether a fixed or removable appliance would be most beneficial for your needs.

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Contact Rockland Pediatric Dental and Orthodontics at 845-634-8900 today to make an appointment with Dr. Emily Schadt and learn more about palatal expanders in New City, New York.

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