Specialista in ortodonzia, Presidente ASIO
Relation between rapid palatal expansion and breathing
Among the various factors associated with reducing the transverse dimensions of the nasal cavity, special attention deserves the transverse hypoplasia of the maxillary arch. Several studies have shown that the Rapid Palatal Expansion (RPE) acts not only as an orthopedic procedure by correcting bone and dental defects, but it is also able to the facilitate the physiological pattern of nasal breathing by reducing nasal airways resistances. In this article we want to confirm the relationship between the effects of rapid maxillary expansion and breathing through both static-volumetric
studies of the upper airways and dynamic-functional studies. According to the results obtained by different Authors, we believe that the rapid palatal expansion is not only the state-of-the-art therapy to normalize the maxillary but may also have effects on nasal airways.