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Palatal expansion is a combination of tooth movement and jaw expansion.  It works by widening the two halves of the upper jaw, called the Palate.  the two halves are joined together by a 'suture' in the middle of the roof of the mouth.  I will make a custom expander for each individual patient.  An expander can be fixed or removable.  The expander is attached to the upper back teeth and eases the suture apart which makes the upper jaw wider.  As the jaw expands, new bone fills in between the two halves of the palate.  Expansion can take a few weeks to a few months, depending on the amount of expansion required for each individual patient.


Colored Ties ~ also known as Ligatures ~ not only play an important role in helping the braces ensure your teeth are properly aligned but also let you add your own personality flair.  So choose your favorite color, or mix and match! 


What is a Habit Appliance?  A Habit Appliance is used to break a habit, such as thumb sucking or tongue thrusting that can cause improper growth of the mouth and misalignment of the teeth. These appliances are custom made for each patient and length of wear depends upon how quickly the habit is diminished.