The top rated dentists and dental pain specialists at the Midtown East, New York, NY based Orthodontics Center of NYC is proud to offer patients adult palatal expanders for individuals suffering from dental crowding and other space-related dental issues. Palatal expansions are custom-made orthodontic appliances employed to create a wider space within the upper jaw (called the maxilla) to address issues such as posterior dental crossbite, narrow smile arc, and restricted nasal cavity floor (which affects nasal airflow). Founder and medical director of the Orthodontics Center of NYC, Dr. Michael Gelb, is highly trained in adult palatal expansion and works with each patient to deliver beautiful, natural-looking results that reflect the unique anatomical / cosmetic needs of each dental patient.
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Adult palate expanders are commonly employed by the top rated dentists and dental pain specialists at the Midtown East, New York City based Orthodontics Center of NYC upon patients who require minimal jaw expansion, though if the patient requires significant jaw expansion, then palate expanders may be utilized in conjunction with corrective jaw surgery. While palatal expanders function best in developmental children and teens whose jaws have not yet fully formed, expansion may still be achieved through palatal expanders during adulthood. Palate expanders may be combined with other orthodontic treatments such as braces in order to move the process along quicker, ultimately decreasing the overall length of treatment.
Palatal expanders are typically necessary when a patient suffers from significant differences in the upper and lower jaw size, which only worsens the longer the condition is left untreated. Palatal expanders may remain in place from a period of three to twelve months, depending on the severity of the jaw’s narrowness and the amount of time left untreated prior to diagnosis. Once treatment concludes, the patient may receive a retainer for long term use, as a retainer can help ensure the upper jaw retains its new shape. Our top rated dentists utilize custom MARPE (Miniscrew-Assisted Rapid Palatal Expansion) expanders for best results. The custom MARPE palatal expander can significantly improve nasal airway space, tongue space, and airway space predictably in adults, and it is important to note that very few practices in the world offer this revolutionary treatment.
Patients may experience some physical changes during palatal expansion such as an increase in saliva / debris in the mouth, difficulty speaking, general discomfort, and gapped teeth. While these symptoms may be distressing, it is important to note that they are common side effects of undergoing palatal expansion treatment and should diminish within the first month of treatment. Patients can expect routine in-person dental appointments throughout the course of treatment so the doctor may monitor the progress and make any updates / changes as needed.
Adult palatal expanders yield functional and aesthetic relief for issues such as:
- Dental crowding
- Narrow smile arc
- Posterior cross-bite
- Restricted airflow through the nasal cavity
During your initial consultation with the top rated Midtown East, Manhattan, NYC based dentist, he will evaluate your upper jaw and review your full medical history. Once diagnosed with a narrow jaw, palatal expander treatment begins shortly thereafter. Your top of the line board certified dentist at the Orthodontics Center of NYC will create a customized treatment plan that reflects your unique anatomical and aesthetic needs. You will have the opportunity to speak with your dentist one-on-one to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about the palatal expansion treatment at the Orthodontics Center of NYC.
The Orthodontics Center of NYC specializes in taking exceptional care of each orthodontic patient. The honor and privilege of caring for our patients comes with the responsibility and dedication from our best in class orthodontists and our staff to adhere to the utmost standards of excellence in orthodontic patient care. As top-rated, best in class orthodontists we provide highly personalized and comprehensive care. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an orthodontic consultation please feel free to contact our Upper East Side (Manhattan, NY) orthodontic practice for an orthodontic consultation.
Orthodontics Center of NYC
263 West End Ave, Floor 1
New York, NY 10023