How long I’m a supposed to be keeping expanders in my mouth

I’ve had braces for about almost 2 years now I got them on July 20th 2017 and I got my expanders in August 2017. Since I had them it’s been nothing but pain to me with it creating a gap in my teeth which causes me to have low self esteem in my appearance because of my smile.Im not sure when I’ll get the expanders off whenever I bring it up at my orthodontist place they just keeps say o well you’ll get them off soon .And I’m not really understanding standing it because when I look stuff up online they say that expanders only are going to be in for 6-9 months .Ive had mine in for about 16 months so one and one third of a year .To me it’s just like it’s not fair I just wanna no the truth of what’s really going on and why I still have expanders.

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Answer: Expanders

By Sarah h
Dental Professional

Orthodontic appliances are all different and individual treatment goals vary.  There is no set time they are placed.  If you are still during the growth stages, it may require a longer treatment time.  If you feel as if your questions are being avoided, ask the orthodontist if there is something you can do to progress your treatment.  Explain your concerns and the way the appliance makes you feel personally.  If you still feel as if you are not being fairly answered, seek a second opinion from another orthodontist.  As a patient, you have a right to be treated by any provider you choose.  Do not let insurance dictate your care or your provider.  Do what's best for you.

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