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Expander Pain: I'm 14 years old and in high school. 21 days ago I got an expander in and it was the worst 21 days of my life.

My teeth hurt so bad there were some days I didn't eat anything except for Advil. So I went back to the orthodontist and they told me that I need to do this again, 1 turn a day for another 21 days.

Why are they doing this to me? ..... Visitor from New Jersey

Sorry to hear you are having a miserable experience with your expander treatment.

Nearly everyone has difficulties in the beginning of their treatment. The expander is applying forces in critical areas to slowly change the shape of your "boney ridge"... the ridge of bone that your teeth are anchored in.

Over time, the pain will typically dissipate. If your orthodontist is adhering to a specific time table, you might try requesting a less aggressive approach in making the adjustments. Of course, the overall treatment will likely increase. Editorial Staff

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