Getting an expander at 40+ years old

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mattt
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Re: Getting an expander at 40+ years old

#61 Post by mattt »

What's your current treatment till the end? Just braces? or still have any expanders or elastics?

Carno
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Re: Getting an expander at 40+ years old

#62 Post by Carno »

Any updates?

ShawnT
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Re: Getting an expander at 40+ years old

#63 Post by ShawnT »

Sorry, I was off here for a while. 6 Months ago Got my braces off, lower expander out and traditional retainers in. The retainers didn’t hold my bottom arch where it needed to be (and the retainer broke making it worse before it could get replaced) Getting a new lower expander in 12 days and possible lower braces again. I have a committed and awesome orthodontist.

mattt
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Re: Getting an expander at 40+ years old

#64 Post by mattt »

Awesome that you got them off, but sorry to hear you have to get some adjustments done...
Would you mind posting a pic of your end result and wearing the retainers?

ShawnT
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Re: Getting an expander at 40+ years old

#65 Post by ShawnT »

Got my lower expander. It has a retainer type wire on it but is already causing some gaps. Guessing lower braces may be in my future. I’ll post pics when I can.

ShawnT
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Re: Getting an expander at 40+ years old

#66 Post by ShawnT »

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ShawnT
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Re: Getting an expander at 40+ years old

#67 Post by ShawnT »

Well gang.......my orthodontist tried to close my gaps by looping a wire around my teeth from canine to canine and twisting it until the gaps were almost closed then put a bonded retainer in to hold it there and planned to do the same next month to get it the rest of the way. This was fairly painful. The bonded retainer came loose within an hour. I went back in the same day and got the same thing done a second and more painful time. That bonded retainer lasted about 3 hours. They just can’t hold up to the pressure of the gaps that formed. So tomorrow...........full lower braces going back on!! At least I think it’s just going to be lowers only. Wait and see....

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