So it begins...pendulum + braces

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So it begins...pendulum + braces

#1 Postby noodles » Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:16 am

Hi guys, I'm new here and super excited to have started this journey. Currently, I have a pendulum installed and registered here mostly because I did not find many stories out there so I thought I'd share mine with this weird gizmo.

So the pendulum will stay for about 6 months (I'm ~2 months in), and then the braces :) I have not yet chosen the type of braces, I was leaning towards Damon, but I will need more convincing that they really are more special than the traditional ones to go for them. Decision number one was extractions or pendulum, but I went for the pendulum since it was explained to me that the results will be better with it. And then I had an "oh, sesame, what have I done?!" moment, cause, yes, this thing is quite the nuisance :)

A bit of context, I have crowded upper teeth, overbite and overjet, underdeveloped lower jaw, sort of okay lower teeth but they have shifted to meet the upper ones to compensate for the bite. To top this off, I have quite bad discoloration on, well, all my teeth, and also inflamed gums. The gums have finally been fixed after a battle of several months.

The pendulum is a pain, no doubt about it. Doesn't mean I regret it or anyone should, if it does its job of course. The best thing about it is that it's always working and it's completely irrelevant whether I complain all the time or I'm a stoic hero :) (I brag by complaining, sort of, I keep showing it to everyone). I have been given a small key to turn its screw and I always find myself looking forward to those days, because I can already see my teeth moving. Also, I feel like a cyborg. :-* Now, my personal list of facts:

* Yeah, you can't eat at first. The mechanics of it are different so you have to figure this thing out. It gets better but I found myself walking around being cranky all day cause I was hungry. Ice cream is king :)

* As a foreign object in your mouth, you get used to it quickly. If it wasn't for the eating, it would be even quicker. Eating is a problem not as much for the mechanics, but because the wire never stops poking it and it can't heal.

* THE TONGUE. The major part. It's always sore. This devil digs canals in your tongue to find its place and it just can't heal because every meal irritates it anew. It is better now but I have two major cuts in my tongue, one of it is a bit swollen and I even wonder whether they'll heal completely.

* The lisp. It gets better but doesn't really go away completely. At least not for 2 months, I'll see how it goes later. The funny part is that my closest friends and family laughed so hard at how I sound, and other people have been really polite saying they don't notice anything.

* It doesn't hurt when it's activated. No, seriously, you feel some tightness but no real pain. When I went to the ortho after a month, I said I could handle more so they prescribed me more turns per week. I was quite happy cause that will speed up the process. And, it still doesn't hurt! So don't worry about this part.

* Cleaning is not a huge problem now, except that I still can't figure out how to clean under it. I managed to stick an interdental brush underneath but it's just too short to reach everywhere. Any advice is welcome here :)

* Braces can't scare me now because there is no way they're worse than this thing :)

Wow, that was long. Thanks for reading :)

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Re: So it begins...pendulum + braces

#2 Postby VioletStubbs » Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:19 pm

Maybe try a waterpik to clean under it? It'd squirt water under where you can't get with the interproximal brushes. I'll be buying on in the next couple of weeks and I'm pretty sure anyone with a waterpik swears by it :)

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Re: So it begins...pendulum + braces

#3 Postby erin5550 » Mon Jun 19, 2017 3:53 am

I just googled a pendulum. What is the major difference between that and an expander?

Also, I agree with the Waterpik for cleaning. I'd never make it without mine. My son uses it for his expander and I use it for where I can't floss. Luckily, my bite plate is removable and I can easily clean it.
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Re: So it begins...pendulum + braces

#4 Postby noodles » Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:39 am

My first two replies! Hi guys :jump:

So the back of the pendulum just bridges the molars together and it doesn't touch the roof of the mouth. The waterpik works well there, but the front of it tightly presses on the palate and I have to forcefully stick something underneath for success :) By the way, I know most people love the waterpik but I don't see a huge advantage over flossing with interdental brushes, maybe I'm missing something.

erin5550, the pendulum and the palate expander have a different purpose, but they have some things in common, like they're both fixed appliances and operate with a screw (ok, after googling it, most operate with springs, but mine has a screw). A pendulum is used to push the molars back to free some space for the crowded teeth. It's an alternative to teeth extractions. It has a screw that, when turned, pushes the molars backwards by anchoring itself on the front of the palate and also on the wires that are cemented to both premolars on both sides. The screw is perpendicular to that of a palate expander so the force pushes front and back rather than side to side :)

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Re: So it begins...pendulum + braces

#5 Postby noodles » Wed Jun 21, 2017 2:36 am

Today is exactly two months since the pendulum has been installed. It's not two full months since it was activated though, cause that happened two weeks later. But I wanted to mark some sort of a milestone :) yey!

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Re: So it begins...pendulum + braces

#6 Postby erin5550 » Fri Jun 23, 2017 4:15 pm

noodles wrote:My first two replies! Hi guys :jump:

So the back of the pendulum just bridges the molars together and it doesn't touch the roof of the mouth. The waterpik works well there, but the front of it tightly presses on the palate and I have to forcefully stick something underneath for success :) By the way, I know most people love the waterpik but I don't see a huge advantage over flossing with interdental brushes, maybe I'm missing something.

erin5550, the pendulum and the palate expander have a different purpose, but they have some things in common, like they're both fixed appliances and operate with a screw (ok, after googling it, most operate with springs, but mine has a screw). A pendulum is used to push the molars back to free some space for the crowded teeth. It's an alternative to teeth extractions. It has a screw that, when turned, pushes the molars backwards by anchoring itself on the front of the palate and also on the wires that are cemented to both premolars on both sides. The screw is perpendicular to that of a palate expander so the force pushes front and back rather than side to side :)


I have places where interdental flossers won't work. That's what I use my pik for. That, and it helps dislodge stuff that I cannot see, especially the back of my mouth near my molars.

I knew the pendulum and expander look very similar but had to do something different. Thanks for the explanation.
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Re: So it begins...pendulum + braces

#7 Postby noodles » Sat Jun 24, 2017 7:29 am

Hi erin5550, that is mostly my experience with the waterpik as well. I rinse and rinse and particles keep coming out it keeps dislodging stuff after I think I'm done :)

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Re: So it begins...pendulum + braces

#8 Postby erin5550 » Sat Jun 24, 2017 7:25 pm

noodles wrote:Hi erin5550, that is mostly my experience with the waterpik as well. I rinse and rinse and particles keep coming out it keeps dislodging stuff after I think I'm done :)


It's pretty gross but I use it until I don't see anymore coming out. Better in the sink than my teeth. :lol:
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Re: So it begins...pendulum + braces

#9 Postby noodles » Mon Jun 26, 2017 4:31 am

I have given zero explanation of what a pendulum is and why I even have it installed. *facepalm*. I have crowded upper teeth and an overbite and not enough space to line the teeth up. Two ways to open up space wee suggested, via extractions or by pushing the molars back using this appliance called pendulum. I chose the latter :)


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