An expansion plate is used to assist in creating space in the upper jaw and to correct bite discrepancies that may exist due to the narrowness of the upper jaw. It is important to know that while expansion plates are removable, they will not work if they are removed for any length of time as any expansion achieved will relapse causing the patient to have to go through treatment again.
What does an expansion plate require?
Once the expansion plate has been properly fitted to the child’s mouth, Dr David Bachmayer will inform you of what needs to be done over the coming months. This includes when and how to turn a tiny screw at the base of the plate to gently expand
What does an expansion plate achieve?
An expansion plate serves to widen the upper jaw, thus creating a broader and more attractive smile. It is also effective in correcting bite discrepancies that can lead to problems with the jaw joints and teeth later in life. It is important that expansion be carried out whilst the jaws are still developing.