Instructions: Palatal Expander

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Congratulations! You are now the owner of an expansion appliance! This appliance is designed to widen your upper jaw and make room to straighten your teeth. 

Please be aware of a few important points:

  • You will feel some pressure as the jaw expands and possibly a tingling sensation at the bridge of your nose.
  • Expect to see a space open between your 2 front teeth. This is a good sign! The space will close once the expander is no longer activated.
  • It may be difficult to speak normally at first. Your normal speech will return within a few days.
  • Be sure to thoroughly brush your appliance at least 3 times a day.
  • Remember to avoid sticky and chewy foods, which can loosen your appliance.
  • You will be given a calendar marking the days that you should turn your appliance.
  • Make sure you only turn your appliance once a day, complete the number of turns scheduled, and stop turning the key once turns are complete.
  • STOP TURNS IF APPLIANCE BECOMES LOOSE.
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