What to Expect with Expanders
Homecare for Expanders
How often do I turn the expander?
1 turn a day for 4 weeks.
Does it matter what time of day I turn it?
Turning can be done at any time during the day.
Does the expander hurt?
You may feel light pressure upon turning.
What do I do if I miss a day of turning?
If you miss some turns, make a note of the number of days you missed and let us know at your next visit.
How will my teeth change during expansion?
A space may develop between the front teeth, this is normal as space creation is a goal of the treatment.
Are there any foods I need to avoid with the expander?
To ensure that the expander stays in place avoid sticky hard foods (hard candy, taffy, ice chewing) and do not touch the expander with your fingers.
How do I clean the expander?
Clean the expander by brushing it when you brush your teeth.
How long will I have the expander in my mouth?
After turning is complete, the expander stays in the mouth 6 months to ensure stability of the correction.