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Questions about expanders

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Posted by: itsmekris  (10 years ago)

I just had my expander on yesterday and I find it quite hard to deal with it. It's hard to talk and eat. I am supposed to wear it for six months. Can someone tell me how long will it take before I can talk and eat better with it? What it is like when it gets turned. How can I clean it especially when food gets stuck in it?

Thanks a lot!
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Posted by: steffpress  (10 years ago)
Sorry to hear that Kris.

You will get used to talking normally again in a week or so. Eating will be normal soon. For the meantime, eat soft foods. You will only feel pressure when the key is turned.

All the best!
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Posted by: dentalclinics  (10 years ago)
Hello Kris!

Expnder is used to widen the upper jaw for the bottom and upper teeth to fit together better. It takes a few days to adjust to eating and speaking. When the expansion screw is being turned, you will only feel slight pressure, no pain at all.
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Posted by: avr123  (10 years ago)
Your mouth will be sore in about two days. Your mouth will get used to talking and eating with it in about a week or two. "Turning" the key will only cause some pressure. It does not hurt.