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Re: Getting an expander at 40+ years old

Posted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 5:25 am
by ShawnT
Finally figured out how to make my file small enough to post. I'm 9 days in to this and have seen/felt some small changes. There is pressure but it's very slight and really not noticeable unless I think about it.

Re: Getting an expander at 40+ years old

Posted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 3:07 pm
by Bracingfor33
You have a much wider arch than I expected. And nice alignment as well! It seems to fit well and isn't as bulky as mine was. Glad to hear that it's going so well!!

Re: Getting an expander at 40+ years old

Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:17 am
by ShawnT
Don’t know if anyone is following because I haven’t posted in a while. I still have my expander 6+ months so far. It’s working and I’m pretty used to it. Talking is fine, pain is minimal. Eating is just ok. Now that it is wider, more stuff gets in it when I eat but that’s also not the worst thing that could happen. I’ve been wearing Class III rubber bands and they just aren’t doing the job. My newest part of this adventure are the Dynaflex CS 2000 (class III springs). Additionally, I may start wearing a facemask headgear soon. I’m going to post pictures as soon as I figure out how to make them small enough again.

Re: Getting an expander at 40+ years old

Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:59 am
by ShawnT
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Re: Getting an expander at 40+ years old

Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 3:12 pm
by strinder
Just out of curiosity what do the coil springs do? How are you finding them?

Re: Getting an expander at 40+ years old

Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 5:52 pm
by Nozzelnut
Looks like your expander is a lot more user friendly than my quad helix was; but I don't think I'd like the springs...

Re: Getting an expander at 40+ years old

Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:04 pm
by ShawnT
Normally they are for non compliance to fix a class III bite. I’m my case, I was wearing my rubber bands (almost) as much as I was supposed to but they weren’t doing the trick. The springs are permanent and provide constant pressure. As far as how things are going....sore! But I’ll get used to it just like anything else orthodontic. Eating is a little strange because I can’t get to things with my tongue. Add an expander and......

Honestly what’s making me most crazy is the fact that brushing and flossing is more difficult. Other than that, once I get used to them, I think I’ll like them. This is only 30 hours into having them.

Re: Getting an expander at 40+ years old

Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:07 pm
by ShawnT
The expander has been a breeze one I got used to it and the springs will be good as soon as I adjust to it.

Re: Getting an expander at 40+ years old

Posted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:28 am
by jfriend33
Wow wish I could have a larger palate for my huge tongue! Glad it's working! Any pics of bite closed?

Re: Getting an expander at 40+ years old

Posted: Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:50 am
by ShawnT
I still have bite bumps so my. It’s does not exactly “close” so my front teeth don’t bash into each other but I will post more pics soon omg teeth together as much as they can.

Re: Getting an expander at 40+ years old

Posted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 8:29 pm
by ShawnT
Let me know if you wold like to see other pics

Re: Getting an expander at 40+ years old

Posted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:40 pm
by ShawnT
I’ve blown my 6 month expander timeline out of the water. Looks like it’s going to be closer to a year.

Re: Getting an expander at 40+ years old

Posted: Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:13 am
by mattt
Anything new?

Re: Getting an expander at 40+ years old

Posted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 5:48 am
by ShawnT
Still have my expander, springs, bite bumps....well everything. Going slow but getting there.

Re: Getting an expander at 40+ years old

Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2018 2:27 pm
by mattt
Did you manage to dodge that facemask?