I did not have surgery on my palate, as I'm only 16... but even using an expander was sort of taking a chance, because the growth of my palate is probably done or close to it. It seemed to work pretty well, considering.
As for talking with the expander, it never really got to a point where people couldn't notice my strange speech... it was always really awkward to talk during those 6 or 7 months...
However, after about 3 or 4 weeks, it was much better than the first day. You might have no problems with your speech at all! One of the things I had the most problems with was a "y" sound, like in "you". Kind of an odd one...
I wish you luck if you find yourself with an expander! Let's hope you don't have any "surprises"!
And now, for my latest adjustment, on Jan. 4th:
- Had an x-ray to check out root parallelism. Not too bad, a couple "curved roots". (Not that I know what that is supposed to mean, can anyone help me on this one? Is it bad?).
- No bracket repositioning because the ortho was on vacation and there was a substitute orthodontist.
And now, pictures, a couple days late 'cause I thought I'd take them after my cleaning at the dentist yesterday. Hmm... they look a bit yellow though? Bad lighting...
That's it! Next adjustment is Feb. 13th... I also have to get a consult soon to get my wisdom teeth out!