I have a cross bite, severe
crowding, an un-erupted upper canine with the baby tooth
still intact, and in layman's terms it just seems like there
isn't a tooth in my head that is in the right place. I had
my wisdom teeth out a couple years ago and I have very
minimal decay overall and healthy albeit crooked teeth.
I embarked on the
Wilckodontic experience after meeting with 2 orthodontists
(decided on one who was AOO certified over one who was
practicing without the certification), and one certified
Periodontist who had performed about 10 of the surgeries. I
also spoke to one of their patients by phone as a
reference/testimonial. I also researched the procedure
extensively on the internet. Before the procedure I had a
number of consults, x-rays, molds, and had to have a regular
dental cleaning. I also had to have a bulb on a root of my
bottom back tooth looked at. It was a harmless bone growth
from my teeth hitting at odd angles for all these years but
could become painful or grow later so I was glad I was
taking this measure to fix my bite.
The day of, for the
surgical pain, I took a tranquilizer and a Percocet and
basically had shots of Novocain to prepare and then every
time it started to hurt. It seemed barbaric that they would
shoot me with more once I started to wince in pain- but I
don't think there is a more scientific way to do this for
the almost 5 hour surgery. During the surgery they don't
tell you that you experience terrible smells, sounds, and
sensations, but thankfully the tranquilizer makes you kind
of forget about how terrible it was by the next day. I had
tremors from the Novocain and felt freezing and my body and
legs shook the entire time. I had the Wilcko procedure in
all 4 sections of my mouth and the baby canine removed. When
the surgery was done I took another Perc and had ice packs.
Clearly you need a driver! I fainted flat on the ground
twice getting into my house- too much drugs and not enough
food in my stomach- so I would recommend eating a hearty
breakfast. The next day I had the wires put on the brackets
that had been glued on the week before. I took a Tranc and a
Perc that morning so it was bearable.
I was incredibly diligent
with ice for the first 5 days and so I avoided bruising
except a faint yellow spot on my jaw line. Regardless, the
swelling was incredible. Everything below my eyes swelled so
large that my normally straight nose was completely turned
up with nostrils flared wide open- stretched from the fluid.
I was in terrible pain and was totally miserable for at
least 4-5 days, with pain subsiding slowly and I stayed
indoors for 10 days total.
I took Percocet every 4
hours for the first 8 days. Once I returned to work at my
executive-type office job I could only stay until 2-3pm. I
have to talk a lot for my job and that wasn't helping. I
took a combination of Percocet, Advil, and Tylenol, which I
take up to this day because I still have pain (in widely
varying doses). I have never taken pain medication or tried
legal or illegal drugs of any kind before this so I have not
enjoyed the high feeling and sometimes just deal with the
pain. Until the stitches were out (at 2 and 4 weeks) the
pain was its worst. The stitches caught on everything and
yanked my very tender gums. The gums looked like a
Frankenstein experiment- pink, red, white- all cut and
stitched up with black thread hanging down. For the first
two weeks until I could brush I had to use a mouthwash that
stained my teeth weird bluish-grey. The stain has diminished
and I don't notice it now at the 2 month mark.
I saw movement in my teeth
as soon as the next day. In fact, the incredible movement
has been what keeps me going. I had rubber bands in for
three weeks and they already corrected half my cross bite!
But still, I wondered why everyone else said this surgery
wasn't bad. I was in constant pain for at least the first
month even though my doctors said I was normal. I think that
the testimonials I read and saw did not prepare me for my
experience. Maybe I am worse than average but I am not a
baby with pain. For example, I have 55 hours worth of tattoo
work over my torso (can't let the office see it!) and I have
sat for up to 6.5 hours at a time without any pain
medication (and no flinching!) and endured the 2-week
healing for each part of the work. I hope that offers some
perspective and shows I am not just a whiner.
Finally I am not in
constant pain but do have a regular piercing, shooting,
nerve pain every few hours (worst with cold stuff). They
determined that is from an exposed root from the surgery. I
cant eat or drink anything cool or cold. It is weird to have
a bottle of warm water after my workouts! Adjustments are
very painful- probably from my tender, healing gums and once
I cried and had to make them stop. Soreness after
adjustments lasts less than 24 hours though. Now I found out
my bottoms are not moving fast enough so they are going to
remove two lower bicuspids. I asked them to expose the
canine at the same time in the interest of time off from
work, and they are able to. I am set to do that in 3 weeks.
More surgery I wasn't expecting- I'll be shelling out $$,
time, and more pain.
They estimate I will be in
braces for 1.5 years. If I went traditional, it would have
been in braces at least 4.5 years and would have had 3
surgeries under general anesthesia (between teeth pulling,
palate expanding, etc.). I couldn't imagine that at my age
and in my career (29). There are a lot of hidden costs with
extra cleanings, consultations, and extra appointments for
issues (like the appointment with the Endodontist to check
the shooting pain). It is costing me $10,000+ out of pocket.
Right now the only reason I
think I made the right decision is that my teeth are moving
so rapidly. It was so incredible to see a difference in just
a week and my teeth shift enough to notice week after week.
I would recommend Wilcko to someone with a less severe case
who might have an easier time with it, or someone who has a
severe case and can't commit the time to traditional braces.