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What is a Rapid Maxillary Expander?

As a dental nurse here at Swords Orthodontics, I've seen alot of young children come through our doors with their parents looking for an Orthodontic opinion about their teeth. Many of which present with a narrow upper jaw (maxilla) compared to their lower jaw (mandible). There is a orthodontic interceptive method to help correct this called a Rapid Maxillary Expander (RME). I get asked questions about it a lot by parents and patients so I decided to write a blog post about it.

 

Narrow arch before RME

Narrow arch with the RME in

Narrow arch after RME and fixed ...

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Conversations Week 4, January

rapid maxillary expander appliance orthodontic brace

Me: So that’s how you work the Rapid Maxillary Expander appliance

Patient Dad: Fair enough. And how often do I have to do that?

Me: One turn every day, and I’ll check it again in 2 weeks

PD: But how’s that going to work?

Me: Well just turn it once a day, last thing at night is best.

PD: But he’s in boarding school.

Me: Oh.

Patient: Here, I’ll do it myself.

Me: Err, ok, you can have a go, but it can be diffic- oh. Fair play. You’re only the third person I’ve seen be able to do that for themselves.

There’s a phrase that comes up in training in medicine– I don’t know said it originally, or ...

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