Rapid Maxillary Expanders
Healthy teeth and a confident smile are vital to children’s health and well being.
To ensure your child’s mouth and teeth are developing correctly, it is often necessary to implement early intervention orthodontics to ensure growth problems are corrected as they are happening, not when it’s too late.
Some common orthodontic conditions that may occur in children include: crowding, overbites, short lower jaw and cross bite. These concerns can be helped by the use of an RME or Rapid Maxillary Expander.
What are rapid maxillary expanders?
This expansion appliance is designed to expand the upper arch of children while they are growing and provide adequate space to later straighten the teeth and best match them with the lower teeth. Active expansion is usually for just a few weeks and then the appliance will remain in place, usually for 12 months or so, while new bone generates in the expanded arch.
Widening the upper arch allows the upper teeth to line up properly, giving the patient a better bite. It can also provide the added benefit of widening the air passages, allowing children to breathe more easily through the nose.
How do rapid maxillary expanders work?
RMEs work with the help of a screw. This expansion screw is turned at home by a parent according to the orthodontist’s instruction. Each time the screw is turned it is helping to expand the upper arch and allow the lower jaw to correspond in growth.
Make an appointment with us today for an early assessment for your child.