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These special appliances which are attached with bands to the teeth widens the roof of your mouth or on status stay as a retainer. It is sometimes necessary to expand the upper jaw for a proper fit with the lower jaw or make room for crowded teeth.

1. Rapid Palatal Expander:
Effectively stretches the roof of the mouth by gently separating the upper arch in the centre of your palate. It will take approximately two months but the appliance remains in the mouth longer while the new bone is generating in your expanded arch.

You will feel possibly some initial discomfort and “pressure” which will cause a tingling or itch under your special appliance. You also will see a temporary space between your two front teeth.


2. Quad-Helix:
The appliance is used for expansion of the upper dental arch and produce buccal tipping of the teeth providing enough space to straighten your teeth. The loops keep the appliance more flexible to transmit gentle force to the teeth.
This all wire fixed orthodontic appliance is attached to the upper first molars.


B, Palatal Bar:
An archwire along the contour of the palate, to the maxillary first molar on the opposite side. The appliance can be activated for limited expansion or commonly use for anchorage reinforcement mainly to keep the upper molars in position after expansion.


Opening Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8.30am -5.30pm
Closed for lunch 1.00pm - 2.00pm


310 Norwich Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 4HD




01473 462355


01473 462356

Important Notice:

We accept a minimum of one day notice before cancelling the appointment. More than one missed or cancelled appointments without giving notice may incur a charge. More than three missed appointments (without cancelling) may lead to the discontinuation of your treatment.

Occasionally we may need to rearrange clinics at short notice for a variety of reasons such as training courses or illness. We do sometimes run late, often due to emergency repairs or a previous patient arriving late - please bear with us and allow sufficient time.

Appointments and cancellations:

Usually your appointments will be at 3-5 week intervals. If you are unable to attend, please call and let us know as soon as possible by calling our practice.

In case of emergency:

For advice call:

01473 462 355

Emergency number:

07582 284659

If no one is there to answer, you will be asked either to leave a message or given an alternative telephone number to contact.

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