Palatal Expander

Palatal Expanders can help with many issues such as crowding, impacted teeth, and breathing issues.

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Project Description

Palatal Expander

The palatal expander “expands” (or widens) your upper jaw by putting gentle pressure on your upper molars each time an adjustment is made. The animation below will show you when and how to adjust your expander. When you achieve the desired expansion, you will wear the appliance for several months to solidify the expansion and to prevent regression.

Adjusting the palatal expander

You can also download these instructions in a printable PDF document.

  • Step 1

    In a well-lit area, tip the patient’s head back.

  • Step 2

    Place the key in the hole until it is firmly in place.

  • Step 3

    Push the key toward the back of the mouth. You will notice the fender will rotate and the new hole will appear. The rotation stops when the key meets the back of the expander.

  • Step 4

    Push back and down toward the tongue, and remove the key. The next hole for insertion should now be visible.


  • (574) 533-5015

  • 937 Galen Court
    Goshen, IN 46526


  • (574) 259-3558

  • 1201 Lincoln Way W
    Mishawaka, IN 46544


Monday: 11am-6pm
Tuesday: 8:15am-4pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 8am-4pm
Friday: 8am-12pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

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