Palatal Expander

Palatal Expander

Guiding jaw growth now for better outcomes later

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The Purpose of a Palatal Expander


Palatal expanders are essential components of orthodontic treatment for many individuals who struggle with oral misalignments and malocclusions. They are often worn by older children to expand the upper jaw and make it wider. If you visit our office as an adult and require one, then we can help as well. The process of palatal expansion in adults can take longer and might be more painful because the mouth already possesses a set shape, but the benefits are worthwhile.

Who Needs Palatal Expansion?

At the office of James E. Lupi DDS, our trained staff has completed expansion for patients with a variety of orthodontic issues. All individuals who use a palatal expander have an upper jaw that is too narrow for their current mouth and skull. More specifically, the expander can be used to address problems like:

  • Crossbite
  • Asymmetrical jaws
  • Difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Crowded mouths
  • Distorted facial appearance

The Benefits

The individuals who need palatal expansion often have underlying alignment issues with their jaws. When someone has a misaligned jaw, they can often develop a broad range of issues. When someone undergoes palatal expansion, they can enjoy the benefits of a straighter smile, easier time breathing, and less crowding or crossing of the teeth.

Does your child need a palatal expander?

We won’t know until we see you! Schedule a complimentary consultation with us using the buttons below. During your appointment, Dr. Lupi will perform a comprehensive oral exam to determine the condition of the upper palate, and can then create a customized treatment program just for you.

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(540) 720-4178

471 Garrisonville Rd, #101, Stafford, VA 22554

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