An orthodontist has closely examined your case and has confirmed you are a candidate for orthodontic treatment to improve your overall dental health.
Step 1: 3D digital imaging of your teeth.
Step 2: Placement of Separators (Spacers) in between the back teeth approximately one week prior to placing the expander to maintain space for the appliance to fit comfortably.
Step 3: Removal of Separators and placement of the Palate Expander. This is when the winding will begin, which generally lasts a few months but can vary depending on the patient’s biological response. The expander itself stays in place for 9-12 months after placement – like putting a cast on a broken arm. After winding, the palate needs time to heal into place.
Step 4: Top braces are placed. The bottom braces are generally placed a few months after the top. For most patients, the expander is removed before the bottom braces go on. Many times rubber bands will be necessary to settle the bite into a correct and healthy position. You will then be seen every few months for braces adjustments until the desired tooth and bite position is acquired.
Step 5: Removal of all brackets and placement of upper and lower clear plastic retainers. Retainers will be worn full time for a few days, then 12hrs a day for a year, then night time for a lifetime to stabilize and maintain your hard work.