For some patients, a palatal expander allows them to avoid surgery.
Sometimes the upper jaw is too narrow to properly accommodate the teeth. One way we can correct this is through the use of a palatal expander. This widens the upper jaw by placing pressure on the molars when adjustments are made. Once the jaw is as wide as is needed, the expander will remain in place to prevent regression, being removed after several months.
Adjustments are made in office by the doctor in small increments. While there will be soreness associated with use of the expander, it should not be painful to the patient. When treatment is complete, it should allow for further treatment and make it so the patient can avoid surgery.