Adult palatal expansion – Cheekbone widening of 6mm

A new article came up in 2016 and it is a case study of a 19 year old male that goes through bone anchored palatal expansion. The technique is called MARPE (microimplant assisted rapid palatal expansion) and although it requires a surgical procedure to anchor an expander to the palate, it does not require an osteotomy (surgically splitting the maxilla at the mid-palatal suture).

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This article is interesting because it completely ignores the dogma that bony change is only possible in children. It even includes a table to of recommended expansion rate based on the age of the patient. Note that this tables applies even to adults over 30 years old.

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This is further proof that maxilla expansion and cheekbone widening is possible in adults

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