How long Will I have the RPE in for?
The amount of time a RPE/Expander will be fixed in the mouth will be about 5 months. During this expansion process, spacing in the teeth might happen and is totally normal.
What Can I Eat With A RPE?
When first getting the expander/RPE, eating might be difficult due to getting use to the expander/RPE being in the mouth. After a few days it should be easier to eat and from there you can eat almost everything except for sticky, hard, crunchy foods. Some examples would include popcorn, nuts, candy, and caramel.
What Do We Do If We Are Struggling With The Turns?
Please refer to the video below to help with tips on how to do the turns. If you are unsure how many turns still need to be done, stop turning and let the Dr. know of concerns at next scheduled appointment. At that appointment we will let you know if more turns are needed or not.
How Do I Brush With A RPE?
We recommend brushing the appliance the same way you brush your teeth. Please feel free to watch the video below (starting at 4:17) to get a good visual on how to brush the RPE/expander. If any food gets stuck, use water and swish around in mouth to get food free and able to dispose. Warm salt water rinses can help gum soreness as well for the first few days.
What If The RPE Came Out?
If the RPE/Expander falls or comes out for whatever reason, please bring to next scheduled appointment. If appliance feels loose or wiggly, please call our office at your earliest convenience to make an appointment to come in and get it tightened.