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FAQ:  Orthodontist Palate Expanders


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Question:
I had one when I was a kid. Worked well. Now all my kids have the same thing and I'm in a new city.

A new ortho we visited said expanders don't work as well as this new face mask. I took a brochure home and it looks like it does the same thing, only this ugly contraption is on the outside of the face as well as the inside (made by StayWell in San Bruno CA).

It really scares me that I'll be doing something that's way too weird and invasive to my kids when they could just wear an expander and be done with it. ... Visitor from CA

Answer:
When considering orthodontic treatments, it is a good idea to get at least 3 consults.

You will discover that each doctor will "see" things differently and each doctor will predictably create a different type of treatment plan. These differences are a reflection of the doctor's training, experience and access to technologies.

Sometimes new technologies are recommended as an alternative mainly because a doctor has immediate access to it and may not have alternative treatment choices.

The best doctors to work with are those who have access to ALL of the most popular technologies... which enables patients to have "choices".

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