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Question:
Palate expander causing loose teeth: My daughter, 13 was fitted with a palate expander (upper jaw) about a month ago. We crank it on alternate days.

Today she said one of her top incisors feels loose. Is it normal? .... Visitor from MA

Answer:
It can be, if movement of that tooth is an integral part of treatment. However, biting pressure from an opposing tooth could be playing an unanticipated role.

The smart thing to do would be to contact the orthodontist to determine if it is merely a milestone of treatment.

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