There are a number of reasons your child may need to see an orthodontist. Early evaluations can help identify orthodontic issues. They also allow Dr. Durham to determine the right timing for treatment to correspond with growth and development. If  your child has already been evaluated and will need an expander, there are a few simple steps you need to remember.

Caring for your Orthodontic Expander

Once your expander is in place, be sure to follow these simple steps to turning your expander. Turning your expander according to the instructions given to you by Dr. Durham is important to ensure treatment runs as smoothly as possible!

  • Turn the appliance once a day for the number of days Dr. Durham prescribes.
  • Try to turn the appliance at the same time each day so it will become part of your normal routine.
  • Push the key all the way back to complete the turn so the next hole becomes visible.
  • Don’t stop turning your expander unless instructed to do so.
  • Call us immediately if you are unsure if you are turning your expander correctly or if it becomes loose or broken.


How to turn your expander:

Sometimes it’s helpful to see what you need to do. Watch this video to see how to turn the appliance.


If you are unable to turn your expander or experience any issues, please call our office immediately at 256-325-0078.