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Expanders Burgess Hill

Treatment Outline

Expanders Treatment in Burgess Hill

Suitable for

8 - 16

Used to Treat


Treatment Time

1 - 6 months

Not suitable for

Adults unless combined with surgery

More about this treatment

Palate Expanders in Burgess Hill information

Expanders are orthodontic dental appliances we offer patients in Burgess Hill to widen the upper jaw or the arch of the teeth. They are commonly used in orthodontic treatment to correct overcrowding, crossbites, and other dental malocclusions. There are several types of orthodontic expanders, including Rapid Palatal Expanders (RPE), Quad Helix Expanders and a removable braces with expansion screws.

Rapid Palatal Expander (RPE): This type of expander is used to widen the upper jaw. It consists of a metal framework that is attached to the upper molars using bands. A special key is used to activate the expander, which is turned daily for a few weeks to rapidly widens the palate by pushing against the teeth. The expansion is usually complete within 1 month, although the RPE may be left in place for several months afterwards to maintain the new position of the teeth.

Quad Helix Expander: This type of expander is used to widen the upper arch and correct crossbites. It is a wire framework that is custom-made to fit the patient’s mouth and is attached to the upper molars using bands. It is essentially a spring that pushes the teeth on the upper left apart from the teeth on the upper right. Quad Helix expanders are usually used in conjunction with fixed braces.

Removable brace with expansion screw: This is a type of upper removable appliance (URA) that is used to widen the arch of the teeth. It is made of acrylic and is adjusted by turning a screw in the centre of the appliance. This is generally done in a much slower way than the RPE.

Each type of expander has its own advantages and disadvantages and may be recommended based on the specific needs of the patient. It’s important to discuss with your orthodontist which type of expander is best suited for your individual needs.

Treatment Prices

Expanders Burgess Hill Cost

At Neyo, clarity and honesty are at the forefront of our services. Any fees for treatments would likely be confirmed at the consultation stage, but we can provide this generalised breakdown of cost:




From £800

Further information you may need

Palate Expanders FAQs

Can expansion in young children prevent the need for extraction later on?

No. While it is true that expansion does increase the space available for teeth, this will not be anywhere near enough for children with severely crowded mouths. If we do want to incorporate some expansion into our treatment plan to make some additional space, this can be done at a later stage at the same time as any other needed orthodontic treatment. Doing everything in one phase is usually more cost effective and easier on the child.

Can expansion help with sleep apnoea?

There is no scientific proof to suggest that expanders will help increase the size of the airway and reduce sleep apnoea.

What age should posterior crossbites be fixed?

Some orthodontists like to correct posterior crossbites in very young children. This is particularly popular in the United States. There is however no evidence in the scientific literature to suggest there is any benefit to correct early as a separate course of treatment, over and above fixed the crossbite once the child is 12 or 13 and ready to complete a full course of orthodontic treatment.

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