Removable Hyrax Expander

At Painfree Dentistry we offer removable hyrax expanders. These are considered as one best orthodontic appliances available. These are used to create more room for adult teeth and more.

What is a Removable Hyrax Expander?

The expander works by widening the bone on the upper arch. If the treatment is done early this device can widen palate which will create more room for the adult teeth. The smile can also be widened so a smile will look and fit better.

The fixed expander widens the upper jaw and keeps it in place while the mouth adjusts to the new position. You should expect the expander to remain in your mouth for around three to nine months. The expander works by pushing apart two halves of your jaw. The jaw is separated into halves with an open suture. The jaw gets pushed and so do the teeth. As the jaw gets wider it creates room for more teeth.

To create the expansion a key will be used on the expansion screw. Your dentist will discuss how often to turn it and when you should stop. The screw will be prevented from turning back the other way. You must follow the instructions about turning otherwise treatment may be delayed.

What to Expect with the Removable Hyrax Expander?

Every patient is different but there are some common things to expect with this treatment.

  • After the expander has been fitted you may feel soreness in the teeth, it is occurring in the ligaments that hold the teeth. This will only last a few days. The soreness will feel like a muscle that hasn’t be used for a while. Chewing can help with discomfort as it is helpful to use the teeth as soon as you can.
  • A space will appear between the two front teeth. This will occur a few days after treatment. The space will close later in the treatment process with the use of braces.
  • It can take you a while to get used to speaking with the expander. Generally, patients can speak properly again in around two weeks.
  • Eating is another thing you will have to get used to. It will take a few weeks to adjust to eating with your expander. Avoid foods like peanut butter. Your dentist will discuss foods to avoid.
  • Keep your mouth clean. Expanders can make the tongue more prone to infection. So, it is important to keep up with dental hygiene.
  • You may experience a headache after your expander has been fitted.
  • You may also feel pressure in your nose, teeth and cheeks. This will subside.
  • During treatment, your facial appearance may change. This is due to the jaw widening which does affect cheek bones.

Why Choose Painfree Dentistry?

We can offer our patients:

  • High quality treatment
  • The best care
  • High quality expanders
  • Affordable prices
  • A smile you can be proud of