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Expanders Ask The Dentist Edward Leventhal Question:
My daughter had expanders put in 4 weeks ago. She is still in pain, it cuts her tongue, and she doesn't eat much.

I have contacted the orthodontist several times and they always say "that's normal". I am very concerned for her and it has definitely changed her life in a negative way. She cries most of the time at home and sometimes at school.

Her teacher has even said something about it 2-3 times. Is this normal and if so when should we see some improvement? ... Visitor from TN

Answer:
There are two types of expanders that I am familiar with. One type has a key that you manually turn periodically. The second type has a spring that provides constant light expansion.

Either can be uncomfortable, but they provide a very necessary service. The expander is not forever and is a necessary discomfort to provide a beautiful smile.

Children and adults vary in their ability to tolerate discomfort. Some people feel pain or discomfort more than others. It has nothing to do with their character, only with their pain sensitivity.

Sympathize with your child, give her Excedrin, and assure her the expander is not forever.

Edward Leventhal, DDS
Baltimore Cosmetic Implant Dentistry
8860 Belair Road
Baltimore, MD 21236
(410) 256-7300

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