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Posted by Yang Orthodontics on 02/20/2018

How to Turn a Palatal Expander


How to Turn a Palatal Expander


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after the palatal expander is cemented

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who orthodontist will give you

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instructions on how often to turn the

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screw that will activate the palatal

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expander your orthodontist will also

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give you a key to turn the screw you

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will need to turn the expander yourself

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or have somebody else turn it for you to

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turn the screw insert the key into the

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hole of the screw next turn the screw by

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pushing towards the back of the mouth

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until you see the next hole in the screw

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then remove the key from the screw

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without turning the screw backwards the

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most common mistake in activating

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palatable expanders is on the removal of

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the key most people will correctly

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insert the key correctly turn the screw

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by pushing the key towards the back of

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the mouth but will then unwind the screw

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before removing the key this action

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results in not activating the palatal

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expander at all another mistake commonly

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made in activating the palatal expander

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is not turning the screw a full turn

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before removing it if you do not turn

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the screw a full turn before removing

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it.you will not be able to access the

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second hole to activate the expander

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next time if you accidentally remove the

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key before completing the full turn

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simply place the key back in the first

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hole turn the screw until you can see

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the second hole then remove the key so

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to repeat to activate the palatal

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expander correctly first insert the key

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into the hole of the screw next turn the

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screw by pushing towards the back of the

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mouth until you see the next hole in

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this group then we

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of the key without turning the screw

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backwards if you are activating the

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expander correctly over time you may see

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a gap open up between the front teeth

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