Tuesday, August 24, 2010


tomorrow Avery gets her palette expander put in. about 6 months ago, our friend's husband (who is a dentist) pointed out to us the issue with Avery's top teeth.

(none of these are our pictures)

this is basically what her mouth looked like before...her top teeth didn't sit on top of her bottom teeth, instead, they went inside of them.
about 2 months ago, we began the process of getting the ball rolling on correcting this. plenty of x-rays, molds, rubberband seperators, etc...and tomorrow the day is finally here.

the expander looks something like this I believe (although her's only fits around one set of teeth)

the point of it is that little by little, the metal piece get's turned and her top teeth will eventually be where they are supposed to be.
i have no idea how often we have to do this turning thing, or what it all entails, but I do know that she has to have the appliance on for about 1 year. we will expand it for around 4-6 months, and then lock it into place for another 6 months so her teeth will not go back to their previous place.

so, that's what we'll be doing tomorrow at 4:15...praying for a calm heart for her and i, patient workers, and little to no pain...


Heidi @ Tayterjaq's Rebels said...

We'll keep Avery in our thoughts tomorrow. Jaquelyn has already been through the orthodontist chair once and needs to get back into it again. She had a tongue crib in for close to a year to keep her from thrusting her tongue between her teeth. Now we need to move on to full on braces...with no ortho insurance...yikes!
Good luck Avery!

Heather B. said...

Wow my 13 yr old has one of those. I can't imagine my 7 yr old having one. She will talk VERY differently and not be able to eat as well. Just so you know! Be ready with the advil too because when you turn it she will HURT!! My prayer for her is that they don't have to repeat this process when she loses her baby teeth and gets her adult teeth. That would be just pure torture!!! Hope all goes well tomorrow!!! :)

Tomara said...

My 10 year old has one right now. Other than the "lisp" she has and the food restrictions it's not too difficult. We had to turn the dial about every other day for a couple weeks, then once a week, then every other week and now not at all. Once you figure out how to turn it, it's not hard.

It has made a HUGE difference in her teeth. She, unfortunately, got her teeth from my side of the family. Horribly crooked and crowded. When she had her initial evaluation she still had 11 permanent teeth that need to come in. Now, 4 months later (she still has another 3-4 months) her teeth are practically perfect.

I'll send up extra prayers for Avery (and mom). Hope all goes well and the adjustment is smooth!

Claire said...

Oh, I hope it all goes really well!



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