What to Know About Palatal Expanders

Many parents are surprised to learn that we recommend that children are seen for their first orthodontic visit when they are over the age of seven. It is not uncommon for parents to think that our job is to merely to straighten teeth and not realize all of the components that need to work together to create the perfect smile. Long before we can work on straightening the teeth with braces, we need to improve the jaw alignment if the upper jaw is not the proper size. When the jaw is too narrow, we may introduce hardware known as a palatal expander.