An Orthodontist told me my 7 1/2 yr old would need a Rapid Palatal Expander ASAP to make room for teeth to come in (he has a very small jaw). Has anyone had a child with one before? Do they hurt? Effect speech & eating? I have never herd of them before.
Any info or stories would be appreciated.
Answer by Mom-2-3-Girlz at 8:35 AM on Jun. 30, 2011
My son had his for about 3 months. It was painful for him! Each monthly appointment I would tell the ortho how uncomfortable he was but she would check it but not do anything. Then the 3rd month she checked it after me complaining, noticed it was cutting into his skin! She went and got the main ortho and decided to take it out but said it would probably have to be put back in at a later date! I don't want to scare you, this could have just been something my son went through but if he does get one just keep checking it! It did make it more difficult to eat and he constantly would suck the spit back in his mouth plus he slobbered a lot. I know this doesn't sound very good, hopefully your son will fare better than mine did! good luck!
Answer by anichols1 at 8:36 AM on Jun. 30, 2011
Answer by Mom-2-3-Girlz at 8:50 AM on Jun. 30, 2011
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