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FAQ:  Orthodontist Palate Expanders

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Palatal expander falling out: My son had a palatal expander inserted twice. Both times it came loose. His dentist seemed frustrated and accusatory.

He is now placing bands around his molars and attaching the expander to the brackets. Before the expander was attached directly to his teeth. Should the dentist have used the brackets to begin with.

Also he charged us an additional $350.00. ..... Visitor from Maryland

Young patients are often complicit in early orthodontic treatment failures. Ortho treatment can indeed be a significant discomfort or even painful for young patients. Ideally young patients should have an opportunity to select a less aggressive treatment.

Understandably the dentist becomes frustrated and has a typically valid basis for being accusatory. Nurturing a close relationship between the patient and the treatment specialist whereby the patient can voice his/her concerns regarding treatment process and intermediate treatment goals usually works well.

The $350.00 fee likely represents the true, cumulative costs of the dentist's attempts to assure a successful treatment program.

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