Yeah my expander was a metal thing that attached to two teeth on either side and went directly across so basically you can only put your tongue up as far as you teeth and not to the roof of your mouth which you soon realise you do heaps when talking. After surgery you basically insert an Allen key in and turn it one turn each night. It got a little achy but that's it.
The talking thing got me the most and I cried a fair bit over it.
Can't really remember sorry but I don't remember it being more than a few days
I have nothing to contribute to the thread, but I hope that both the surgery and recovery go well.
That's alright. I can remember way back when I ended up finding a jaw surgery forum and lurked a lot - don't think I ever posted - and found it helpful as there were a lot of people going through it just before me so could give hints and tips. Can't remember what's it's called tho, sorry
Sorry compete stalker alert but I just wanted to add I met @shani2 a few years (and babies!) ago and honestly her face is perfect! I would never have known she's undergone extensive jaw and oral surgery.
Shani so sorry you went through what you did but they did a great job. You're face is perfect.
Sorry I sound like a complete lunatic now. Just wanted to reassure @LoveLivesHere
Carpe diem 2013 (20-03-2016)
Stalker here too... My DS 7 has an expander on now. Has it on for 3 months.
It's not too bad. After a week he was talking much clearer. Now after nearly 2 months it's just normal. Although he won't know himself when he gets it off! Then he has another fixed plate for a further 12 months but this one just sits behind the teeth, not near the roof so won't affect his speech as much.
Can't believe the difference it's made & has been totally worth it
*obviously ours is a very minor part of the total work your DD is having done
Last edited by VirgoMama; 18-03-2016 at 00:57.
That was a whole long time ago, back when DS1 was only a few months old and you were still pregnant with your DD3.
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