Why do I need a Rapid Palatal Expander?
In order for the teeth to fit together properly, it’s essential that the upper jaw be wider than the lower jaw. When this does not occur naturally during development, the condition is termed a CROSS-BITE. While a patient is young, the bones are still very pliable, making expansion possible. This can only be done, however, while the jaw is still growing. Once growth is complete, the two bones of the upper jaw fuse together as one, making expansion possible only with surgical assistance. Therefore, it’s best to correct a cross-bite while a person is typically 7-12 years of age.