What Is a Rapid Palatal Expander?

A palatal expander is an orthodontic appliance used to widen the upper jaw in order to help the upper and lower teeth fit together better. Our orthodontist in Parker and Castle Rock, CO can help you determine if a rapid palatal expander is needed during your orthodontic treatment.

Many of our patients require adjustments to their bite in order to help their top and bottom teeth fit together in a way that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. If your upper jaw is too narrow, our orthodontist may recommend a palatal expander to widen your jaw and allow space for the teeth to properly align.

When you first visit with our team, we will analyze your teeth and bite to determine the services that are appropriate for your specific needs.

How Does a Rapid Palatal Expander Work?

The palatal expander works by gradually stretching the soft cartilage of the palate, making room for crowded permanent teeth without the need for extraction. Based on your individual needs and preferences, your expander may be removable or fixed. We can help you learn more about palatal expanders during your first appointment at our office.

We are eager to help you reach your goal for a smile that is healthy, beautiful and functional. Call us today at 303-841-2262 to schedule your FREE consultation at either one of our offices, located in Parker and Castle Rock, Colorado!