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Palatal expanders create more space by gradually widening the upper jaw. Children’s upper jaws develop in two separate halves. Dr. Ting can take advantage of the growth process since the palate is more flexible. Palatal expansion can correct upper and lower jaw width problems (crossbites) or can help to reduce crowding in abnormally narrow arches. In younger patients, this may reduce the need for extractions or prevent impacted teeth.

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