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Signs You May Need a Wider Arch

Posted on 5/15/2020 by First Impressions Orthodontics
Signs You May Need a Wider Arch

Did you know that you have arches in several places in your body? Most people know that they have arches in your feet, but you also have an arch in your mouth as well. This arch in your mouth can have an effect on your teeth position, bite, and jaw joints. Many people are born with narrow arches in their mouths, which can cause trouble. If you have a narrow arch, what are some signs that you might need a wider arch? We have some answers.

What Is A Narrow Arch?

There are lots of names for a narrow arch. Narrow arches can be called a high-arch palate, high-vaulted palate, bubble palate or gothic palate. While you might not know the names for the narrow arch, over 30% of Americans have a narrow-arched palate. You may have been born with a narrow arch as part of a genetic disease such as Down syndrome or Marfan syndrome.

You can also acquire a narrow arch through sucking your thumbs as a young child or using a pacifier.

What Are Some Signs of a Narrow Arch?

One of the biggest signs of a narrow arch is mouth breathing. Mouth breathing can be caused because of chronic colds or asthma. You might also have a deviated septum. Many people with allergies or asthma also have enlarged tonsils or adenoids.

You may also be constantly congested, and be unable to clear your congestion. You may also have problems sleeping because of your congestion. You could also have problems with speech as well.

Luckily for you, there are treatments available for a narrow arch. We can provide an expander to widen your palate. If you have questions about your arch, contact us. We can tell you about narrow arches and how we treat them.
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