Expand Your Smile With Confidence


At Botsford Family Orthodontics, we're thrilled to play a part in your journey to becoming a more confident you.


Our palatal expanders are here to work their magic, too, so you can get the beautiful, healthy smile you deserve. Dr. Botsford and our expert team are happy to help guide you every step of the way.

How to Turn Your Palatal Expander

Whether you're turning your palatal expander yourself or helping out your child, family member, or friend, don't worry-adjusting an expander at home is a breeze, and we're here to make sure you feel comfortable with the process.

1. Wash Your Hands

Whether you're working on your expander or someone else's, make sure you thoroughly wash your hands with warm water and soap.

2. Get Familiar

Take a moment to get to know the palatal expander. Dr. Botsford uses these devices to widen your upper jaw, creating space for proper tooth alignment. You should notice bands placed around the first molars and an expansion appliance that reaches across the roof of the mouth.

3. Find Your Sweet Spot

Gently insert the expander key into the hole at the center of the expander. If you're working on someone else's expander, you may notice arrows pointing in the direction of where the expander key goes.

4. Turn with Confidence

Now comes the fun part! Hold the key securely and confidently and turn it gently towards the back of your mouth.

It's essential to follow the instructions we provided during your appointment to avoid any issues. Turning your expander ensures it's doing its job to create the perfect amount of space for your or your child's beautiful teeth to settle in comfortably.

5. Keep Up the Good Work

You're doing great! Continue turning the expander as instructed by our expert team, and you'll be amazed at how your smile transforms. Remember that we're here to support you, so don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or need help along the way.

6. Embrace the Change

As your palatal expander works its magic, you might experience some minor adjustments in the way you or your child speaks, eats, or swallows. No worries-this is entirely normal and temporary. Your mouth is simply adapting to the new space created for your teeth to shift into their ideal positions.

Unlock Your Smile's Full Potential


At Botsford Family Orthodontics, your dream smile is within reach, and our palatal expanders are here to make it happen. Call our office at 541-779-3003 or schedule a consultation with Dr. Botsford today and embark on the path to the smile of your dreams.