While expanders aren’t a necessary part of every patient’s orthodontic plan, they are a vital part of the treatments that do require them. If you have an abnormally shaped jaw bone, you will probably need to use an expander during the course of your treatment.
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Expanders are useful tools for creating space and correcting abnormally shaped jaws. Because overcrowding is such a common orthodontic problem, expanders are used in many of our patients’ orthodontic plans.
These appliances are a particularly important part of orthodontic care because they can prevent the unnecessary pulling of teeth. Some dentists and orthodontists are eager to claim to patients that need to have their teeth pulled in order to resolve crowding issues and prevent future orthodontic problems. This is simply not the case. Most of the time, removing teeth merely covers up the root cause of this overcrowding: a misshapen jaw. Expanders can help fix this permanently by correcting the shape of the jawbone itself.
Expander use is particularly formative and vital for younger children. Some skeptical patients wonder what the use of bringing their child in for an orthodontic exam before their adult teeth have grown in is. They may believe that because their child still has not lost all of their teeth, any orthodontic care will result in wasted money and have to be repeated in adulthood. While this is a concern we honor, Dr. Lach assures parents that much of orthodontic treatment has to do with reshaping the jaw, not the position of individual teeth. The truth of the matter is that in the same way routine dental care is important for monitoring the development of your child’s teeth, so is orthodontic care. Bringing your child to an orthodontist at a young age can help reveal problems in jaw structure that could worsen and become harder to treat over time.
Childhood orthodontic care is also easier and typically more effective than adult orthodontic care. The jaw bones are “softer” and more malleable during the early years of life, easing the difficulty of making changes to jaw orientation. Once an abnormal jaw shape has been corrected, adult teeth will have reasonable amount of space to grow into.
Interested in more information about expanders or orthodontic care in general? Contact our Lake Nona or Oviedo office today! We’ll be happy to answer any of your questions, address all of your concerns, and help you schedule a complimentary consultation appointment.