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Customer Q & A
If you or your kids wear an expander or palatally-positioned orthodontic appliance, you'll love this handy new Lil Palates tool.
L'il Palates was created by a dentist for his young son. The surprisingly soft and flexible plastic device comfortably flexes along the palatal vault (roof of the mouth) to help loosen trapped food and debris. It's great for Hyrax, Nance, Herbst, Haas, and other orthodontic appliances.
To use, simply place the hooked end between the palate and the expander to remove debris. Intended for adult use/adult supervision.
Gentle and easy to use, L'il Palates stores within its own handle (like a pocket knife) and includes three cheerful rubberized charms: a smiley face, a soccer ball, and a butterfly, along with small ball chains to attach the charms to the device. Lil Palates is available in blue or purple color. Sorry, charms are not sold separately.
L'il Palates is a trademark of Big Palette Enterprises, LLC.
L'il Palates stores within its own handle (like a pocket knife).
You get three cheerful rubberized charms: a frog, a turtle, and a butterfly. The device is available in blue or purple color. Sorry, charms are not sold separately.
When you have a palate expander at the roof of your mouth, food always gets stuck there and can be very difficult to remove. This tool makes it easy and simple to deal with the everyday inconveniences of wearing a palate expander.
My 7 y/o daughter recently had an expander installed and was so frustrated by the food that was getting stuck on the roof of her mouth. A friend recommended these palate cleaners and they have been wonderful! They are cute, inexpensive, and work! The shipping was very fast as well (ordered Friday night and they were delivered on Monday!) I ordered several so that she could leave one at school, home, and I keep one in my purse! Great purchase!
April 25, 2019
This tool is a life changer for kids with expanders!
Our 11 year old recently had a palate expander 'installed' and he was only comfortable eating ice cream because everything else got stuck. We tried a Water Pik but it took forever to clean the expander. This sweeper allows him to eat almost anything he wants and we can clean out his expander in a matter of minutes. It changed his entire attitude about life with an expander!
April 24, 2019
Great tool I keep one at home, in my purse, and in my daughter's book bag
August 23, 2018
Great product for reaching in these hard spots. Also easy to clean and take to school.
August 9, 2018
Got it for my 11 year old grandaughter
She was having so much trouble eating with her expander and was always leaving the table to clean it during the meal. Looked on the internet to see if I could find something for her. She thought it sounded like it would be much better than a toothpick and was delighted to be able to clean the expander in a second and be able to finish eating.
ProsEating no longer a chore
August 9, 2018
I love this item. It is exactly what we needed. It has made our lives with an expanded much more bearable!
April 18, 2018
This is a lifesaver
My daughter got a palate extender and the worse part was getting food stuck in it. The interdental brush the dentist gave her did not work. The Lil Palate Sweeper easily gets the food out that is stuck. All dentists should give this to their patients that her palate extenders.
April 11, 2018
Great, practical tool, my 10 year old is happy to have sweeper
My 10 year old got his expander and braces on together and was struggling with the transition. Palate sweeper is a great help, easy to use and he takes one to school. Grateful for this product!
ProsPotable, easy to use, nice keychain feature
October 29, 2017
This is a great tool for kids with expanders
This is really great! A must have....order one if your orthodontist doesn't offer them. It works better than the brushes.
By Johannah Zarinko
October 12, 2017
This product is a lifesaver!!! My girls are 8 and 10 and were distraught after getting their pallet expanders- they are totally grossed out by food getting stuck and wouldn't eat if I wasn't there with soft picks to clean it- this item is safe, comfy, and easy for them - they pack it in their lunch bag everyday to use after lunch at school! I am buying more for their backpacks and at home!
By Melissa Nelson
July 6, 2017
This tool has been a life saver for my son. I found it online after he cried after eating the first time after getting his palate expander. He would barely eat for a week because of the aggravation of stuff getting stuck between the roof of his mouth and the expander. After getting the palate sweeper and using it the first time he smiled so big at me because it was so easy for him to use and it quickly worked and got the food out.
By Happy Mom
June 15, 2017
A necessity with an expander!!
My son, age 8, got his expander last week. I had ordered a few of these in advance as I had ordered items from Denta Kit a few years ago for my own braces. The orthodontist gave my son a little brush to get the stuck food out of the expander, but my son tells me it doesn't work. He absolutely loves this Lil Palates Sweeper. I am back to order a few more! He needs one at home, in my purse, in his backpack, and a couple of backups. They wash nicely with dish soap and water too.
By Christina Mc
Queens, New York
March 13, 2017
Every dentist office should be selling this item. Every child that has a palate extender deals with discomfort and food being lodged underneath. My daughter would panic when the food would not come loose. This product is perfectly designed to extract the food from underneath the palate. Bravo! I have one happy kid now, she takes it with her everywhere!
July 19, 2016
A must have!
These are great for my 8 year old. We ordered to few to keep on hand at different locations (school, home, mom's purse, etc.) They make the cleaning process a lot easier.
April 8, 2016
great for kids
my daughter had a difficult time with food getting stuck in the expander. this tool is perfect -- it's soft, flexible and works perfectly to get food unstuck without scraping her palate.
March 11, 2016
I love it but I wish there was a carrying case with it. I been using a zip lock baggie which is fine but it would be nicer to have a case.
Merchant Response:Blanca, thanks for your review. We agree, it would be nice to have a case for the Lil Palates Tool. The manufacturer does not supply a case. Perhaps we will look into that idea!
September 10, 2015
The perfect tool to clean the hard-to-reach places created by a palate expander. My granddaughter carries it with her to school, overnight visits, anywhere she plans to eat!