Palatal Expander

Types of Appliances
Do you think your child might need treatment to correct his or her teeth or jaw alignment? We are proud to offer a wide variety of orthodontic appliances here at Bracify! These include the palatal expander, lingual arch, biteplane, and headgear.

The palatal expander is commonly used in young children to expand the upper jaw. It does this by placing pressure on the upper molars. It is used to anchor two to four teeth and increase the space by about an inch. The earlier this appliance can be used on a child, the better the results.

The lingual arch is used in both the upper and lower jaws of children. This appliance functions to maintain the dental arch width. This is commonly used when children lose baby teeth sooner than normal, so the arch functions to maintain that space.

The biteplane is composed of wire and acrylic and is used to treat a deep overbite. This functions by keeping the child from biting down on his back teeth, allowing the back teeth to naturally come in and reduce the overbite.

Lastly, headgear is used to make up the difference in growth between the upper and lower jaws. We use this appliance when children have teeth or jaws that are more far forward than the lower teeth and jaw. The neck is used as the anchor and the inner part of the headgear slides into tubes places inside of the molar teeth.

As with all orthodontic treatment, the earlier the better! Don’t hesitate to correct your child’s oral health. If you have any questions about our services, please contact us today at (972) 525-5500.