Chapter 9. Rapid Maxillary Expansion

  1. Fiona Grist R.D.N., B.A. (Hons) OU

Published Online: 28 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444325522.ch9

Basic Guide to Orthodontic Dental Nursing

Basic Guide to Orthodontic Dental Nursing

How to Cite

Grist, F. (2010) Rapid Maxillary Expansion, in Basic Guide to Orthodontic Dental Nursing, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444325522.ch9

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 10 SEP 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444333183

Online ISBN: 9781444325522



  • rapid maxillary expansion - maxilla and mandible do not ‘match’ together, causing a transverse malocclusion;
  • rapid maxillary expansion (RME);
  • models of case - before fitting rapid maxillary expansion;
  • silver casting rapid maxillary expansion appliance with model;
  • silver casting rapid maxilliary expansion appliance close-up;
  • fitting the appliance;
  • dry the fitting surfaces - of appliance;
  • the next appointment - when screw turning has been completed;
  • fitting the retainer;
  • timing of next appointment - checking retainer, or proceeding direct to next stage of treatment


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Fitting the Appliance

  • The Next Appointment – when the Screw Turning has been Completed

  • Fitting the Retainer