Braces & Other Orthodontic Services

Orthodontist, Dr. Mark Truman, is dedicated to helping the entire family achieve and maintain beautiful, straight, and healthy smiles. Along with his team of experts, he stays on top of technological advancements in the industry to ensure that we always provide the best and latest orthodontic treatments. As each person has unique orthodontic needs, we offer a variety of treatments like braces, clear braces, and Invisalign in Las Vegas and Summerlin, NV. At Truman Orthodontics, we are sure to have the best and most efficient treatment to address your orthodontic problem. Learn more about palatal expanders below. 


What Is An Expander & How Does It Work?

Palatal expanders are custom made appliances whose purpose is to create more space in a person’s mouth through widening the jaw. This orthodontic appliance is made of two halves that fit over a number of the top teeth in the back of a person’s mouth and are held together by a screw in the middle. To activate the expander and begin moving the teeth to their ideal positions, the screw must be turned in small increments daily. Once the desired expansion is achieved, we will leave the appliance in for a few more months in order to stabilize the expansion. An expander is typically worn for three to six months, depending on your specific needs.

Expanders can help a number of common orthodontic problems, some of which include:

  • Crossbites
  • Crowding
  • Impacted teeth


Benefits of Orthodontic Expanders

Beyond just expanding a person’s jaw in order to address our patient’s orthodontic problems, expanders also provide other benefits like:

  • Broaden the a persons smile, making it look more appealing
  • Ability to limit the number of teeth that need to be remove
  • Improved breathing
  • Can shorten the overall orthodontic treatment time


Contact Us For Las Vegas Orthodontics

We hope that you found the information above helpful. If you have any questions that went unanswered about palatal orthodontic expanders, please feel free to contact our Las Vegas orthodontics office at 702-360-9000 and we will address your concerns. We are also happy to answer any questions that you have about other treatments we offer and are able to schedule an appointment for you right over the phone as well. We look forward to meeting you in our office soon!