Thanks so much for the info. Jen
Just curious, does the bihelix (2 loops vs. 4 loops on the Quad Helix) mean you have less expansion to be done or is it used for a certain reason?
Now I'm not sure what I'm going to do regarding when I want the expander placed. I pretty much didn't have any problems with the spacers (Advil-free)
. My goal is to try to get my speech back to normal as soon as possible.
Maybe in some cases a person will have to have surgey to get the expander but in my case he said I had the option of having jaw surgery to move my lower jaw forward and to maximize correction of my overjet but I chose not to have the surgery.
Thanks for the info regarding how often the adjustments are. My braces will not be placed for about 4 months - I will ask him again at my appt. next Tuesday.
Thanks again for your time in providing this info for me Jen - it's very helpful to know what to expect.
A bihelix has 2 loops and a quadhelix has 4 loops. I have pics of both of my expanders in my braces journal. They are pretty much like an unfolded/rebent paper clip.
The spacers were by far much worse than the expanders have been.
I *thought* having an RPE placed in an adult required surgery? Am I wrong? I didn't have to have surgery to have my expanders.
You might want to wait until after your special event. Some people have trouble adjusting. I think I adjusted better than most do. Some have saliva issues. You might not be able to eat anything. After adjustments (and expander installation) I couldn't eat anything really crunchy or solid for maybe a week. I always take advil and that keeps most of the pain away.
I have adjustments about every 6 weeks. They have adjusted my upper expander twice and my lower once (which was annoying because they took it off and had to put it back in. They put my upper brackets on one week, then I went back in the next week for the archwire and both of my expanders. I just had my lower braces put on 3 days ago. I should have my expanders about 6 months, so not too much longer to go, but they don't bug me too much. Food gets caught sometimes, so you have to have a little dental pick or one of those small brushes (proxi?). I recommend the DentaKit if you don't have one already. You definitely need to brush after all meals and snacks.
Good luck and let me know if you have any other questions!