Are you seeking a solution to correct a crossbite, create space in your upper or lower arches, or even rotate your molars? Look no further than an expansion appliance. At O’Gara Gilbert Orthodontics in Reno, NV, we offer a range of expansion appliances tailored to meet your specific needs, ensuring a confident and beautiful smile.

How Do Expanders Work?

Expansion appliances work by applying gentle and controlled pressure on the upper or lower arches, stimulating the natural growth and development of the jawbone. The appliance consists of a framework that is custom-made to fit your mouth and is typically cemented or attached to the back molars. Through regular adjustments, our orthodontists gradually widen the appliance, encouraging the bones and surrounding tissues to adapt and create additional space. This expansion process allows the teeth to shift into their proper positions, correcting misalignments, crossbites, and other dental issues. As the jawbone responds to the pressure, new bone formation occurs, supporting the desired expansion and stability of the corrected arch. Our experienced orthodontists will monitor your progress and make necessary adjustments to ensure the optimal outcome and a beautifully aligned smile.

Who Benefits from Expanders?

Expanders can be beneficial for a variety of individuals seeking orthodontic treatment. They are often recommended for children and teenagers whose jaws are still developing, as this is the optimal time to address any alignment issues. Expanders can help correct crossbites, crowded teeth, and narrow arches, creating the necessary space for proper tooth alignment and bite function. Additionally, adults who require orthodontic treatment may also benefit from expanders, as they can help address certain dental and skeletal discrepancies. Our team of skilled orthodontists at O’Gara Gilbert Orthodontics will assess your unique case and recommend the most suitable treatment options, including expanders, to help you achieve a healthier and more aesthetically pleasing smile.

Types of Expanders

Depending on the complexity of your case, our experienced orthodontists may recommend one of the following types of expanders:

Hyrax: The Hyrax expander is commonly used to widen the upper jaw. By gently applying pressure to the back molars, it gradually widens the arch, creating additional space and allowing for proper alignment of your teeth.

Quad: The Quad expander is used when expansion is required in both the upper and lower arches. This versatile appliance helps correct crossbites and other misalignments, ensuring a harmonious bite.

E-arch: The E-arch expander is a more discreet option that can be used to expand the arches without noticeable appliances on the front teeth. It provides effective expansion while maintaining aesthetics during your orthodontic treatment.

What You Can Expect

When you first receive your expansion appliance, it is normal to experience some pressure and soreness for a few days as your teeth adjust to the new positioning. If needed, over-the-counter pain medication can help alleviate any discomfort. Additionally, orthodontic wax can be used to minimize any irritation caused by the appliance.

During the initial phase, you may find it slightly challenging to speak. However, rest assured that this is only temporary. In a short period, you will become accustomed to the appliance, and your speech will return to normal.

You may notice a space developing between your front teeth as a result of the expansion process. In most cases, this gap naturally closes over time. If it persists, our skilled orthodontists can easily close it as part of your treatment plan.

It is common to see an imprint of the expansion appliance on your tongue. This is nothing to be concerned about, as your tongue will adjust to the new presence in your mouth.

How to Care for Your Expander

Proper care of your expansion appliance is crucial for maintaining good oral hygiene and ensuring a comfortable experience. Follow these simple guidelines:

Cleanliness: Clean your expander daily using a toothbrush and a water pick. This will help remove any food particles or debris, reducing the risk of decay and keeping your gums healthy.

Oral hygiene: Continue to brush your teeth regularly, paying extra attention to the area around the expander. Flossing is also essential to remove any trapped particles and maintain optimal oral health.

Regular adjustments: As part of your treatment plan, periodic adjustments will be required to ensure the expansion progresses as intended. Be sure to attend all scheduled appointments, so our orthodontists can monitor your progress and make any necessary modifications.

Make An Appointment At O’Gara-Gilbert Orthodontics in Reno, NV!

By following these care instructions and maintaining regular communication with our team, you can enjoy a comfortable and successful expansion treatment.

At O’Gara Gilbert Orthodontics, we are dedicated to helping you achieve the smile of your dreams. Our experienced orthodontists will guide you through the expansion process, ensuring optimal results and a confident smile that will last a lifetime. Contact our Reno, NV office today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards a beautifully aligned smile.


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Monday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday 7:00am – 3:30pm
Wednesday 7:30am – 5:00pm
Thursday 7:00am – 3:30pm
Fri, Sat, Sun Closed


505 Hammill Ln
Reno, NV 89511

With a highly trained, professional staff

We will develop a treatment plan to achieve your dream smile

With a highly trained, professional staff

We will develop a
treatment plan to
achieve your dream smile