In recent years, mini-implant assisted rapid palatal expansions (MARPE) in children have been identified as a treatment alternative to traditional RME. However, not all patients need MARPE, and among those who possibly do, not all accept the placement of mini-implants. This lecture shows some relevant misinterpretation of results of studies on the subject, which lead to the over-prescription of MARPE. We will contrast MARPE with the solid alternative of traditional RME. We will present a treatment algorithm to help pediatric patients to breathe better which includes the two techniques of maxillary expansion.
Outline the differences between MARPE and traditional RPE.
Identify the obstacles to prescribe MARPE as a treatment option.
Understand the role of maxillary expansion in the treatment of breathing disorders.