Its to fix my deep/over bite.
Google MARA appliance, and it might make more sense how it works when you see the whole thing. Also, I dont have the little elbows in yet so its not really doing anything. It just forces your bottom jaw to slide forward when you bite down. Right now I just have some super awkward peices sticking out of the top and bottom part of it. I will take pictures of those later. It also acts as an expander, if they give you the little tool to make it expand, but I guess I didnt need any expanding.
I will only have to wear it for as long as I am wearing the braces, unless of course my bite doesn't improve by the time my teeth do, I will probably wear both for a little longer. Like I said in my last post, I hope I get the elbows soon so my bite starts getting better!
I would show you pictures of my bite, but with the MARA and the molar buildups I have right now, you wont be able to tell, but my top teeth used to completely cover my bottom teeth.
And thanks for the compliment on my pictures
I decided to start taking pictures before I even got the braces. I saw everyone's pictures in their stories and I couldnt wait to post my story and look back on my progress.
I take all the pictures by myself, My trick is to make sure there is lots of natural light, and make sure there is enough light so you dont need to use the flash. Also, make sure it's on the macro setting, and sit in front of the mirror and look at the screen through the mirror to make sure you've got the picture right where you want it, otherwise you will have alot of pictures of your nose and yourself making funny faces.
Spacers in Aug. '09
MARA without elbows on Aug/09
Braces on Nov. 20/09
Elbows for MARA in Feb. 25/10
Braces off August 26, 2010!
my story: http://archwired.com/phpbb2/viewtopic.php?t=33571