Please do not eat for an hour after the appliance has been cemented and eat only soft foods (soup, Pasta, pasta, ice cream, jell-o) the rest of the day. At first, swallowing may be difficult. Take very small bites and chew your food thoroughly. Aspirin or Tylenol may be taken for discomfort. Warm salt water rinsing may also be helpful.
Turning is recommended right before bedtime so that the pressure is felt only during sleep. Turn the screw in the center slot from front to back until the next hole appears. Let the key drop out at the back of the appliance. Never bring the key forward to remove it.
Please work hard to keep your expander clean! Brush thoroughly around the gums and clean between the appliance and the roof of your mouth. We recommend a WaterPik to help you. Please let us know if your expander becomes loose, or if you have any problems with turning it. We’ll be happy to see you to help you out.