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Miniscrew-Assisted Rapid Palatal Expansion (MARPE) in Spring, TX

Among modern orthodontic treatments, the Miniscrew-Assisted Rapid Palatal Expansion (MARPE) has emerged as an innovative solution for achieving rapid palatal expansion. The popularity of this appliance is due to the fact that it offers a non-surgical and non-extraction approach compared to other alternative treatments. At Adventure Orthodontics, Dr. Bar uses Miniscrew-Assisted Rapid Palatal Expansion (MARPE) for multiple reasons, including the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Get to know more about our advanced orthodontic services by scheduling an appointment today.

What Is Miniscrew-Assisted Rapid Palatal Expansion (MARPE)

Miniscrew-Assisted Rapid Palatal Expansion (MARPE) is a modified form of a conventional rapid palatal expander. It utilizes mini-screws to expand the palatal bone. By gradually expanding the bone, it opens up the nasal passage and enlarges the oral cavity to reduce the complications of obstructive sleep apnea.

Traditional palatal expanders are only used in children because the suture that holds the palatal bones closes around the age of 12 to 15 years. This gives sufficient time to expand the palate to achieve the desired results. Compared to traditional expanders, MARPE is more beneficial because it can also be used among adults whose palatal suture has already been fused.

What Is The Working Mechanism of MARPE?

The basic principle of MARPE is similar to that of rapid palatal expanders, except that it uses mini-screws that are placed directly along the mid-palatal suture. For the procedure, our Spring, TX, orthodontist, Dr. Bar, will first examine your oral cavity and maxillary jaw to determine if MARPE is the best treatment for your case.

The treatment procedure takes two appointments. In the first visit, Dr. Bar will cement the custom metal 3D printed MARPE. Your second visit will be with a periodontist who will insert the mini-screws to secure the appliance. This step is done under local or general anesthesia to minimize pain and discomfort. If needed, medication to counter post-treatment pain or swelling will be prescribed by the periodontist or surgeon.

As the expander works, it will gradually split the mid-palatal suture. As a result, the maxillary arch gains more width, and becomes wider and gives more room for the tongue to rest in the mouth without blocking the upper respiratory tract. The entire treatment may take 4 to 6 months.

A gap will form in the front teeth as the expander opens the maxillary bone. We will close this gap later with orthodontic treatment to achieve a stable bite and better smile aesthetics.

No Jaw surgery!

Marpe - Before


Marpe - Placement


Marpe - After Expansion

After Expansion

This patient experienced a jaw-dropping change without going under the knife! Check out the widening upper jaw and forming gaps upfront – all without surgery. This second opinion, following a surgeon’s suggestion for an operation, not only saved this patient time, pain and discomfort, but also proved that sometimes, nature has its own way of making things right.

How Is MARPE Beneficial?

Compared to traditional palatal expanders that can only be used among children, MARPE is an innovative tool that can also be used safely among adults with fewer side effects.
It applies force directly to the mid-palatal suture instead of using teeth as anchors. This helps to achieve greater palatal expansion within a shorter time frame. It also prevents undesirable tooth movements in the maxillary arch.

We use MARPE procedure, to effectively reduce and prevent the symptoms of sleep apnea for the patients in Spring, TX. It expands the maxillary bone and enhances proper airflow, thereby improving the overall quality of your sleep. It is an effective and predictable option for those patients who require airway expansion without any complex surgery.

Schedule An Appointment

To know if MARPE in Spring, TX, is the right choice for you, book an appointment with our experienced orthodontist, Dr. Bar, today. Call us at (213) 215-2450 for further information.

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