Appliance of the month is....The RPE

The RPE or Rapid Palatal Expander is for providing sutural seperation of up to 12mm in a short time period. The standard ROL RPE is an all metal appliance consisting of one large 12mm expansion screw, two bands (typically on the second molars), and arms extending to the desired length. The screw is activated at the insertion appointment and can be activated by the patient or the Orthodontist. Each activation produces approximately .2mm of lateral expansion. We also produce a four banded version when the Orthodontist wants a more ridged appliance. There are also many different types of Palatal Expanders that we produce including the Bonded RPE, Hilgers Pendex, Hilgers T-Rex, the Slim or Compact RPE screw type, and the Haas Expander.