Expanders

For a Broader Smile!

In cases where the upper jaw is too small or narrow an expander may be the best solution.


expanders-editThese devices are glued onto the teeth and slowly expand the jaw to its correct size. The technical name for them is rapid maxillary expander or RME.

RMEs are fitted to the upper molars. There is a tiny screw in the middle which the patient then turns once a day to gently expand the smile. RMEs are usually used to correct a cross-bite and to create space to fit in all the teeth prior to braces. When used in young children they can be quite effective as the bones are still growing and easily expanded.

After the orthodontist has achieved the desired expansion, the expander is usually left in place for 6 months to allow things to stabilize.


Some benefits of RMEs:

  • Expands the top jaw in children
  • Alleviates cross-bites
  • Inconspicuous as they are placed on the roof of the mouth
  • Reduces the need for tooth extractions
  • Simple to use and very effective
  • Widens the smile

RMEs are very effective in broadening the smile and may be the right treatment for you.