The Benefits of the Rapid Palatal Expander
The Rapid Palatal Expander (RPE) is the best orthopedic appliance we have in orthodontics. The RPE works by widening the bone in the upper arch. The widening occurs because at an early age we can separate the midpalatal suture in the upper arch. This allows the palate to widen and have enough room for your teeth.
For maximum orthopedic expansion, the best time to expand the upper arch is before the age of 10. For some 13 and 14 year olds, it is too late to expand the maxilla because the midpalatal suture has closed.
Some of the benefits of the RPE are:
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