Can Adults Benefit From A Rapid Palatal Expander?
A rapid palatal expander can also be used on adults. Because adult bones have already developed into their mature form, treatment may take much longer than it would with a child, but treatment can still be effective. Along with jaw issues, adults can benefit from an RPE if they experience other oral health issues, including breathing issues and an uneven bite.
How To Eat With A Rapid Palatal Expander
A rapid palatal expander can look intimidating and you may be wondering how you are supposed to eat with it once it’s installed. As with other dental devices like children’s dental braces or fixed retainers, you need to pay extra attention to your eating habits.
You can continue eating healthy fruits, vegetables, meat, milk, and whole grains. However, you should avoid eating sticky or chewy food like taffy, licorice, and caramel.
Be sure to avoid hard food like ice, popcorn, or nuts, as they can cause issues with how your RPE is installed. Finally, other foods like carrots, apples, hard fruits, and veggies should be cut into small-sized bites for easier chewing.