Rapid Palatal Expander (RPE) - Lollipop Dental Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics

Rapid Palatal Expander (RPE)

A Rapid Palatal Expander is an appliance which is placed on the roof of the mouth to widen the upper jaw to correct crowding or crossbites. The benefit is that it creates space, improves crowding, and creates a big broad beautiful smile!

What to Expect During Treatment:

  • You may see a space develop between the upper two front teeth. This is temporary and completely normal and will go away in several weeks.
  • Please turn the appliance as directed by your Orthodontist
    Please note that it takes 24 hours for the cement to harden.
  • Excessive drooling for 2-3 days is normal.
  • Speech alterations are normal until your child is use to the appliance.
  • Avoid chewing any sticky or crunchy foods ( i.e starbursts, skittles, gum, jolly ranchers, peanuts, ice, etc).
  • If the appliance becomes loose for any reason, please bring your child in as soon as possible.
  • Avoid carbonated beverages (sprite, sodas) to avoid dissolving the cement.
  • Some soreness for the first few days is normal. You may give your child Children’s Tylenol or Children Motrin as needed.
  • The adjustment period time can take up to 1-2 weeks.
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