Do you have a narrow jaw? We may have the treatment for you!
The RME (Rapid Maxillary Expander) or RPE (Rapid Palatal Expander) is an expander that is used where the upper jaw is too narrow relative to the lower jaw. If an upper jaw expander is required you will usually find that the relationship of the back teeth is reversed, with the upper teeth biting inside of the lower teeth.
Widening the upper jaw with the use of a RME or RPE helps to:
- Achieve a better bite.
- Create a little more room for any crowded teeth.
- Improve the nasal airway- a narrow or deep upper jaw may make it harder to breathe through the nose. When widening the upper jaw, the air passages also widen, thus allowing easier breathing through the nose. Once the upper jaw has been expanded, new bone fills the space and helps maintain the increased width.
What’s the difference between a jaw expander and braces?
The difference between a jaw expander and braces is that braces move the teeth, while an expander gently separates and widens the two parts of the upper jaw making more room for crowded teeth and promoting symmetry.
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If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact our warm and friendly staff. We look forward to hearing from you!