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Question:
Am I too old for a palate expander? I went to an ortho consult yesterday and they said my parents waited too long and I'll have to get surgery.

I am 15 years old and have just about every dental problem imaginable. Am I too old to get a traditional expander or will I have to go with the painful surgery? ..... Visitor from Wisconsin

Answer:
It seems you are too young to have surgery based orthodontic treatment. If possible, try to secure an orthodontic consult with a specialist who has 15-20 years experience.

Surgical movement or removal of teeth is not necessarily a painful experience. Most specialists are able to offer a variety of sedation options that will make your treatment comfortable.

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