Maxillary skeletal expanders – commonly referred to as palatal expanders – are an incredible form of treatment that makes it possible to create more space in the mouth. Here at Reza Dental Care, we proudly offer maxillary skeletal expander treatment in South Gate, CA.
What Are Maxillary Skeletal Expanders (MSE)?
Palatal expanders are devices that are placed against the roof of the mouth, secured by anchors that are placed around the molars. In the center of the device is a screw hole.
A special key is placed inside the hole and is turned a small amount each day to apply subtle yet continuous pressure against the jaw, widening the palate over time.
The upper jaw develops as two separate parts that fuse together after puberty – the maxillary skeletal expander (MSE) takes advantage of this time and ensures that the upper jaw develops correctly.
Because palatal expansion coincides with this stage of development, this type of treatment is typically administered between the ages of 12 to 14.
Why do I Need An Expander?
Maxillary Skeletal Expanders (MSE) are essential for ensuring that the arch of teeth is wide enough to allow the correct and successful eruption of adult teeth, preventing future crowding and other issues with the bite.
Issues that are typically corrected with maxillary skeletal expanders include:
- Impacted teeth
- Breathing ability
- Narrow upper jaw
Palatal expanders capitalize on the body’s natural growth, providing a “guide” for your child or young teen’s jaw development to create more space in the mouth and avoid complicated oral surgeries or orthodontic treatment in the future.
Here at Reza Dental Care, we are fully dedicated to providing the best dental care in South Gate, California. For more information about maxillary skeletal expanders (MSE) treatment or to get scheduled, check out our online scheduler or give us a call at 323-457-8787.