Hi NiTirannosaurus, sorry for the delay in replying I have been busy.
I finally got my treatment plan. I don't know how I will transition away from the splint into braces yet, as I haven't spoken to my ortho after he had spoken to my prosthodontist (my 'jaw' doctor). My prosthodontist was away for awhile so he had to wait for him to come back to talk about it all.
I do recall though my prosthodontist mentioning placing a composite of some sort on my back lower teeth to help keep my jaw in position while braces are on, however I don't know how that works when the back teeth begin moving... would I go in and get the composite removed and re-added in a new shape? He said it was like the glue they stick braces on with... :S either way, I trust them! I will get elastics at some point too (titanium anchor/implants/screws... however you know them by) so maybe that is what will keep everything sitting pretty.
I have a blog like almost everyone else if you want to read more detail (it's really only for me but everyone can read it!) but nonetheless here is a quick run-down. I am getting braces in May, with an upper expander. I don't know which expander as there was a needed discussion with the prosthodontist again about which one would be best. I am getting 4 titanium anchors as well in September roughly, and wisdom teeth out at the same time. Then everything gets moving!
I was told I still might have a small cross bite on my back right side, not visible from the front; to keep my jaw stable as moving those teeth out of cross bite might move my jaw around. Meh! I can live with that! I just want my jaw stable and my open-bite closed... can't wait! Once my open-bite is closed I am having a bacon and egg roll. Any time I try and eat one I end up just pulling the bacon out whole with my teeth because I can't bite through it. Then I end up with bacon, and an egg roll. Kind of no point to having one really if they aren't together...
I am keen and looking forward to being in your position NiTirannosaurus; congratulations on beating TMJD!