I'm not sure if we're talking about the same thing, but before my son wore braces for 9 months, he had an expander that he wore on the lower arch only at night. As for how long he wore it, I really don't remember. As you've probably read, we had the braces removed prematurely at 9 months due to developing a tmjd problem. Now, I'm not sure if the expander had anything to do with developing tmjd, but I'm sure that the braces did. Who knows, maybe a combination. Really check into it all before doing anything, you don't want your child having any of these problems. Hope this helps some.
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The expander is a Rapid Palatal Expander. This device has a screw which is turned and actually "pushes" or forces the teeth and bone apart in order for the upper palate to be expanded. In children the bone is not totally fused and bone fills in over time. I know, it doesn't sound like a lot of fun!!
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Functional Jaw Orthodontists think that traditional orthodontics can cause TMJD problems. Their approach to orthodontics is to make sure that the jaw fits correctly in the process. You can read more about it at the American Association of Functional Orthodontics website.
Thanks. I have read alot about functional orthodontics and my TMJD dentist is a member. I will ask him a few questions about it. It sounds much better than traditional orthodontics. I was just curious as to whether anyone on this board had functional orthodontics and STILL got TMJD.