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These expanders widen the palette of the patient's mouth. The first fixed expander enlarges the palette when wound with a small "key". While the second(a quad helix), spreads the back teeth apart with a spring.
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Elizabeth Gomara () - 15/Aug/2002 3:45:41 PM
my kids just got expanders - how long before they can eat regular food and will the pain last for long and will the food always get caught in the middle of the expander? help
Bill Crawford () - 14/Sep/2002 1:38:31 AM
My 14 yr old complains that his key that winds the expander will not rotate. Where can I go to view a schematic of this mechanism?
monica sinclair (email@example.com) - 14/Sep/2002 11:33:39 PM
I got expanders a couple months ago and I'm just now starting to see changes like the BIG gap in my front teeth!!??? How long do you think it will take it to close up if its like 1 cm wide!!?? bye!! :)-Monica,14
() - 23/Oct/2002 9:17:34 PM
*talks to expander in mouth that has been there for 6 years now* wave to your buddies!
martha (firstname.lastname@example.org) - 31/Oct/2002 5:27:04 PM
my name is Martha and i will be getting my R.P.E tomarrow I would like to know if this device is really going to work im 21 yrs old i was not able to do it when I was younger becuase money situations do you think at my age my upper jaw will spread? Also does this hurt while there putting it on? Will I be going trough alot of pain all the 4 month's or will my mouth and jaw get used to it? Please reply to this message. Will I be able to speak correctle will my daughter undersatnd me?
(email@example.com) - 02/Nov/2002 4:28:55 PM
We are currently linig in the U.S. where expanders seem to be applied all too routinely.Is there an alternative and can we refuse an expander but till achieve a good orthodontic result with braces?
Daniella (firstname.lastname@example.org) - 07/Nov/2002 2:20:03 AM
I just got an expnader put on recently, and am having a very hard time speaking correctly. I have a very important interview coming up soon, and am worried that I will still have this problem by the time of the appointment. How long will I have this problem before I get adjusted to it??????? PLEASE HELP ME!
Braceface (email@example.com) - 10/Nov/2002 5:44:48 AM
I just got mine off 2 months ago. I am now getting Braces on. any questions email me.
Brandi (xsweetanjelx@aolcom) - 05/Dec/2002 7:07:16 AM
Hello. I got my RPE put on the day before Thanksgiving & it was not that enjoyable. First off, I had trouble speaking. Second, stuff gets stuck u there so easily. I recommend to brush you teeth after EVERY meal & use a treebrush (they are your gods!) I also recommend not to eat mozzerella sticks because I choked very badly on those because my mouth was totally full (i have bands on the botton & my rpe on the top, but it looks different from the pix above) Anyone with an RPE try to say the word "ORANGE". Yea, it's a real task. Well, if anyone has questions I'm here or if anone is going through the same thing email me.
stacy (firstname.lastname@example.org) - 08/Dec/2002 4:02:01 AM
i have an expander similar to the 2nd picture but bigger- i really don't like it cuz u have to slurp all the time and its like heck tryin to eat but it does draw attention! lol
Nick Kirsch (email@example.com) - 08/Dec/2002 10:40:18 PM
My 6 yr old daughter just got the fixed expanders. We were told that she would feel pressure and pain from the bridge of her nose down. She has had no pain there. But she is experiencing a lot of pain in her right ear. Have ya'll had that problem? Please e-mail me. Thank you.
:( () - 18/Dec/2002 2:59:27 AM
Hey, does this appliance hurt? How long does it hurt, if it does? I'm getting it on the 17th. How does it feel? What happens? I'm scared and want to know about it or what will happen.
trevor (firstname.lastname@example.org) - 10/Jan/2003 6:04:40 PM
I am 26 and really want one. I'd also like a fixed lower expansion screw with a herbst
Trewor (email@example.com) - 14/Jan/2003 6:53:22 PM
Can you turn the screw all the way open so it is really tight? How many screws could be banded on. I would love to have several fixed expansion screws
nicole (firstname.lastname@example.org) - 16/Jan/2003 12:48:21 AM
hey im getting my expander on the 24/1/03 and im sh**ting my self i want to know how much it hurts and how big does the gap in your front teeth get( i really dont want the gap)im really not looking forward to getting the darn thing hehehe i hope all of you that have had the expander servived ok and to you people who are getting one good luck :)
Lauren (email@example.com) - 24/Jan/2003 11:38:14 PM
Hi! I got an expander on the 23rd. I have having trouble eating because food gets caught up there constantly. I am also having slight trouble swallowing.I am also having a lot of water of spit in my mouth. PLEASE HELP! and when will this go away?!?!?!????
nicole () - 03/Feb/2003 12:33:37 AM
hey Lauren i go my expander on the 24th and i guess you already know all of what you are going through will go away eventually heheh im still getting used to mine :)
() - 06/Feb/2003 10:52:28 PM
I got an expander on the 20 at first i really hated it but now its a lott better even tho I still have a lisp which really sucks.. I jus cant wait till I get this thing off and get braces. I go back on the 17 of febuary, Im hopin i get braces for my top teeth a couple weeks after that.
Brandi (firstname.lastname@example.org) - 07/Feb/2003 8:24:39 PM
Hey everyone! I have had my expander on since November 28 02. I went to the ortho on Feb. 5 & he said that I don't need to turn it anymore & that I get it off in 3 months. I'm so excited. I mean I started getting used to it after a month. I stopped having so much excess spit, having a lisp, and just basically got used to it all. Once ya'll get past the first month it's so easy. Any questions about the expander email me.
(email@example.com) - 14/Feb/2003 5:40:43 AM
My daughter got her expander today, and she is having a difficult time. How long does the pain last? Does it continue to hurt everytime you wind the expander? Thank you in advance for your information.
() - 19/Feb/2003 8:56:41 PM
I understand that children's upper jaw can be widen by this expander. Will the upper jaw bone become thinner than normal after its stretched to is proper position?
amy (firstname.lastname@example.org) - 22/Feb/2003 1:29:51 PM
my dentes(not my ortho) saed i will probibly need an expander for the bottom jaw. i have been looking in the internet and fund no such thing as botto expanders, do they make bottom expanders? pleasse help me by e-mailing me if you know.
amy (email@example.com) - 22/Feb/2003 5:52:19 PM
do they make expanders for the bottom jaw? E-mail me with the answer
Allie () - 09/Mar/2003 3:10:39 AM
I'm pretty sure extra bone forms as your top jaw widens, I don't think it gets thinner. I had an expander (I acctually called it a spacer) for about 4 months when I was 11. It made my teeth really spaced out, and I hated them, I wouldn't even smile they were so ugly, but almost a year and a half ago I got braces on and all the spaces have virtuaally dissapeared. I still have my braces, but not for long, and my teeth look great, so for all of you with expanders now, don't worry, you'll look amazing when its done. (p.s. make sure you cut up spaghetti really well, or it will hang off your expander, and for lisps, just talk aloud ALOT it will start to go away) Allie age 15
jodie () - 27/Mar/2003 11:50:04 PM
Can adults ahve these expanders too? I have just found some info about them and it made me think that only kids whose bones arent fully grown yet can have them as otherwise the teeth fracture and are damaged. Does anyone know anything about them in adult use?
Christy () - 29/Mar/2003 1:21:13 AM
Is the expander equal to as of an anchor? My ortho showed me an object that looks exactly like the 1st picture from the right and she said it's an anchor to pull the teeth backwards.. i'm so darn confused...help!
cheerstar () - 29/Mar/2003 9:09:49 PM
if you cannot rotate your expander key you must tell your orthodontist because the expander is probably to tight. the expanders will make a space in between you'r front teeth. That is natural. Once you no longer have the expander off the front teeth should move back togeather.
Chelsea () - 30/Mar/2003 5:19:23 PM
Do u have 2 get expanders before u get braces? If so, how long do u have 2 wear them?
Lucy (firstname.lastname@example.org) - 26/Apr/2003 10:15:46 PM
I am thinking about whether to get an expander (My teeth work fine but my upper jaw is so narrow that it acts like my lower jaw and is on the inside rather than the outside, basically a normal mouth but upside down), and I was wondering whether or not there are any long-term health implications.
() - 02/May/2003 2:54:07 AM
Hello..Any1 who is getting an expander DON'T WORRY!! It is not bad at all.. It is slightly painful the first few days and also u will have a hard time swallowing and talking but it goes away in a week or so. You should start with soups and crackers until u get adjusted to swallowing again. U will get a gap in between ur front teeth but it fixes itself once u stop turning the expander. The results are completely worth it because ur face will improve (ull get more cheeks!) and a wider smile.
() - 02/May/2003 2:59:40 AM
Expanders do not work on adults because their upper jaws have fused. In this case a surgeon must make a small incision to separate the bone. Then the adult can use the expander. Usually whether an expander will work depends on the person. They say that for girls an expander works until ~14 and for boys ~16.
andrew () - 02/May/2003 4:26:33 PM
does palatel expanders fix the shape of yuor lips and mouth
() - 04/May/2003 4:54:18 PM
i had also a expander i hate it
Selena () - 19/May/2003 1:51:30 AM
Hi I have a question, my daughter just got braces and a expander in. Her orthodontist is out of town for a week so I couldn’t really get in touch. Anyways she has had an expander in for one month now and her tongue hurts its cut and in the places where her tongue hits the expander it has red spots a total of 2. Her tongue is also swollen, not really swollen but larger than normal, are all these things normal? What can we do to help her tongue heal?
(DABUBBLIE@AOL.COM) - 21/May/2003 5:43:46 PM
I just got my expander May 20. I am 24 and honestly am not liking this thing. I can hardly talk and I have gave up trying to eat. How long am I too wear this and what about the spikes that stick out on the sides my inside cheecks are sore..Best of luck to all who get this...
() - 30/May/2003 3:40:37 AM
I had two expanders (1 upper, 1 lower) for 6 mo.like 4-5 years ago like the photo at the very right. You get used to it, and you forget its there. Mine was not very hard to talk on, so I cant really give advice on speech problems. Yes, spaces do develop, but your ortho. should give you braces, and that will be fixed. (but when the spaces are closed it hurts like hell). Just make sure you dont eat foods your not supposed to, bcuz it'lleither get stuck or make your expander loose
Tara (email@example.com) - 03/Jun/2003 7:39:07 PM
I am 25 years old & I live in Idaho my orthdontist recommended that I have the RPE Expander without surgery. I am concerned what the result will be as the palletal bone (note spelling) is fused. Will the RPE have the same result as in a child??
Alyssa () - 10/Jun/2003 7:57:10 PM
Hey, I just got my expander on today. It doesn't hurt yet because I don't have to start turning the key until August. I can not swallow much of anything, including my spit. I also choked on a mozzerella stick, and now I am scared to eat any solid food.
() - 10/Jun/2003 9:50:51 PM
Just got an expander last Wednesday. Am getting used to it - finally. Doesn't hurt but had trouble swallowing, eating, etc. It's getting better and I am figuring out what I can eat & what I can't eat. I was nervous about the key thing but it's not hard to do. I am also over 50 - figure its never too late!
Pegi (firstname.lastname@example.org) - 11/Jun/2003 1:11:54 AM
My son just got his expander today and is having ahard time. Lots of spit and hard time swallowing? Does not want to eat anything how long for the adjustment period?
Jo () - 18/Jul/2003 6:40:24 PM
I had a quad helix expander (lower picture) fitted on monday. To start with it made my tongue really sore and even left an imprint. It was really hard to eat and contain all the saliva. But the good news is..... its's now friday and things are loads better. Now eating more, speech is inproved and I have discovered the joys of TCP liquid, dab a little of the neat liquid onto ulcers, this also drys your mouth out a bit which help with the saliva overlaod! Also found gargaling with salty water helps with the soreness (spit it out after, obviosly). Hope this is some encouragement for any one who has logged onto this web site in despair.
j-mo () - 28/Jul/2003 4:43:05 PM
I had a god damn expander 4 like 4 months then I had a nance applience and now I got braces aghhhh it's so bloody annoying
(MIN_USC@HOTMAIL.COM) - 11/Aug/2003 5:45:27 AM
CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME IF HAVING AN APPLIANCE SIMILAR TO THIS IS PAINFUL?
Lisa (SnowKitty124@cs.com) - 12/Aug/2003 11:48:01 PM
Back in early March of 2003, I accessed this site only days before I was to get my expander fit into my mouth. After reading these messages, I became mortified at the horror stories listed below. For 4 days straight, I cried. When I finally got the expander on, I figured it to be so worse than what it actually was, that I nearly fell into a depression. I was so close to getting it removed, and forgetting about the entire orthodontic treatment. Days later however, through comfort of family and friends, I began to see how quickly my teeth moved forward, and began to come together. I was so impressed with the fast results that I toughed it out for 5 months, and now have my ceramic braces on, with no problems at all. To tell you the truth, talking was the biggest issue I had with the expander. But after much practice, I made tremendous improvments, and even got through an oral presentation at school. I work part time, after school, as a cashier (I'm only 16 years old), and through constant conversations, my speech became nearly as clear as it was before I got the expander, and it only took a week or two. My advice for everyone- it's really not so bad, and it's worth it at the end. Please disregard all the "horror stories" below, don't upset yourself as I did. It's not so bad. If you have any simple little questions, please feel free to email me. I got through it and I know you can too :) Lisa
Alli (LuckyAngel2197@aol.com) - 15/Aug/2003 10:58:15 PM
ok, i am 12, and i am getting a BANDED EXPANDER september 17. i am really worried. can someone please e-mail me on what it feels like and how bad it hurts?? thanx a lot!
J-MO () - 22/Aug/2003 11:17:16 PM
Last year wen i had this bull s**t it had 2 b tightend by my mum twice a day 4 2 weeks but it works and ya get a big gap in ya front teeth and it only hurts 4 a little while trust me train tracks r worse
Lisa (SnowKitty124@cs.com) - 23/Aug/2003 8:39:23 PM
Okay.. I was very worried about the whole 'gap between the two front teeth' when I got the expander, but what my orthodontist did was place six brackets (I have ceramic braces) on my front six teeth, but only connect the front two with a wire, which held them together, creating absolutly NO GAP through the entire process. If you're concerned about getting a gap, ask your orthodontist about this before the treatment. I hope everything works out okay- Good luck!
J-MO () - 25/Aug/2003 3:53:00 PM
well my gaps gone now it closed last year so i just got a nance applience and train tracks top and bottom
kirsty () - 30/Aug/2003 9:19:20 PM
I had the first style for two years, and I had to adjust it three/four times a day at peak. it was painful, but my teeth are cndierably better now. the treatment was combined with other braces. it hurts, but not as bad as other braces.
anonymous (email@example.com) - 14/Sep/2003 1:46:25 AM
is the gap gonna be big?.. and is it gonna be in my front teeth.. email me anyone and let me know! im getting mine soon and im so mad now!.. im 13
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