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An Easier, More Comfortable Alternative to Fixed Expanders


Innovative Orthodontic Centers is proud to be among the first orthodontists in North America to offer the Invisalign Palatal Expander system for growing patients. The system consists of a set of 3D-printed, removable, custom-fit expanders that widen a child or teen’s upper jaw (maxilla), correcting skeletal discrepancies and bite imbalances. The revolutionary device is a more comfortable, less painful and easier-to-use alternative to metal expanders.

Say Goodbye to Traditional Expanders

Traditional expanders have been used for decades to widen the upper jaw as part of phase 1 orthodontic treatment. The stainless steel appliance sits against the roof of the mouth for the duration of treatment. Every day, the patient, or more often than not, the parent has to fit a small key into a tiny hole in the center of the appliance to turn a screw. This process is sometimes challenging and stressful for some patients and their parents. The Invisalign Palatal Expander offers a better way.

How Does the Invisalign Palatal Expander System Work?

Our board-certified orthodontists and Diamond+ Top 1% Invisalign Providers can now correct a narrow maxilla (upper jaw, dental arch, palate) with Invisalign Palatal Expanders. Dr. Manal Ibrahim and Dr. Christine Gin use digital treatment planning to design custom expanders on a 3D model of the patient’s mouth.

The removable, BPA-free plastic devices are then 3D printed in a series staged in small increments of movement. The child simply changes the expander daily and with each new device, the maxilla expands bit by bit (no turning or screw needed!). When it’s time for Phase 2 in the teen years, treatment will be faster, easier and more effective.

Why Choose the Invisalign Palate Expander?


Together with Invisalign First™ aligners, Invisalign Palatal Expanders give our experts a full, metal-free early intervention treatment solution, including skeletal (orthopedic) and dental (orthodontic) arch expansion.

So simple, kids can do it

Invisalign Palatal Expanders don’t have a screw to turn. Kids simply change to a new expander each day and the device takes care of the rest.

No food restrictions

Invisalign Palatal Expanders are removable, so there are zero food restrictions.

A more comfortable, less painful experience

The palatal expanders are designed according to each patient’s unique anatomy for a perfect fit and superior comfort. A lack of hardware also means no irritation or emergency visits.

Supports better oral hygiene

Kids take the expanders out before brushing and flossing, so oral hygiene is simple. Plus there are no metal parts that can trap food and plaque.

Proven safe and effective

The Invisalign Palatal Expander system is FDA-approved, clinically effective and safe. As the #1 orthodontist Invisalign provider in Illinois, we have unsurpassed case experience, ensuring we can achieve exceptional results in kids and teens with the system.


Invisalign Palatal Expanders in Naperville and Shorewood

Palatal expansion can create a strong foundation for a beautiful smile and lifelong oral health. To find out if Invisalign Palatal Expanders are the right option for your child, schedule a free consultation today!

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