ajs604 wrote:Oh wow I didn't realise they needed pilot holes, sounds pretty crazy!
I did read somewhere that Essix can induce an open bite as you can't close your teeth when wearing them as opposed to the Hawley. However, saying that I read it on a forum so you could say it was no an accurate source. I would say the pros for the Essix are that they are practically invisible but a con would be they crack easily. I already have a crack on my last molars, that's probably to do with clenching. Still it fits well and will get checked when I next go to the orthodontist. I wear mine every night and use chewy bite aligners to get a better seal, my orthodontist told me it also helps maintain intrusion during the renetention phase as well.
From talking to you on here I have also decided to go and see an oral myologist as well, even though I am sure I don't have a tongue thrust but feel it makes sense to get it checked out.
Yes to the chewies! A guy that created orthotropics recommends those just for general chewing! I need to get some of those!