Expanding the upper jaw with a palatal expander involves applying gentle pressure on the teeth with each activation. Once the desired expansion is reached, the expander remains in place for several months to allow the bone to stabilize and prevent relapse. Ensure to consult with Dr. DeCamps for guidance on the activation schedule.

To adjust the palatal expander:

Step 1

Use the key provided by your orthodontist.


Step 2

Insert the key into the hole located in the center of the expander.


Step 3

Turn the key gently in the direction indicated by your orthodontist until you see a new hole appear. This process may cause slight pressure or discomfort, but it should not be painful.


Step 4

Remember to activate the expander as instructed by your orthodontist to achieve the desired results.