The palatal expaner `widens` your upper jaw by putting gentle pressure on the upper molars each time an adjustment is made. Dr Kenmuir will instruct you about how and when to adjust your expander. When you achieve the desired expansion, you will wear the appliance for several months to solidify the expansion and prevent regression.
Orthodontic headgear is sometimes needed as part of the treatment for certain patients. Headgear creates forces that guide the growth of the face and jaws. It is also used to move teeth to better positions and to prevent teeth from moving. Maintaining constant use of your headgear will achieve the best results. If instructions on usage are not followed, treatment will take longer and our treatment plan will have to change.
A tongue gate is used in those cases where a strong tongue thrust is evident. It is also used to stop a persistent thumb sucking habit.