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Question:
Palatel Expander: My daughter had a palatel expander placed and removed about 6 months ago and now her orthodontist is recommending she have it put back in.

We are expected to pay half the cost of the initial cost. Isn't this something that could have been avoided and is this a reasonable expectation of cost? ... Visitor from Grand Rapids

Answer:
Orthodontic treatment for patients who are "still growing" is not as predictable as general dentistry or even ortho treatments for adults.

It is likely that an "anticipated" growth event did not occur as expected by the orthodontist. It is GOOD that this was discovered and is now being rectified.

It looks like your orthodontist is trying to work out an equitable financial solution for an event and additional treatment need that he/she has no control over..... but rather is controlled by Mother Nature.

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