My first appliance check appointment was today and all went well. I have to turn the expander only once more, three days from now. My orthodontist feels that enough space has been created, and I'll be more than happy to stop turning!
He was pleased with the pull of the springs in closing my open bite, but one side is pulling a little tighter than the other. I could tell, because my bite has been a little "crooked" lately. He told the assistant to put a powerchain on that side, leaving the springs as they are. She let me choose which color I wanted, showing me the ones that would be most subtle. I chose hot pink
. However, she couldn't get the chain to stay around the TAD because it already has 2 springs hooked on it and there wasn't enough room. She tried and tried and finally gave up when she slipped and stabbed me in the gum
. My ortho told her to just use a power thread instead and my only color options were clear and gray...I chose gray. Not as exciting as pink though.
Here is the power thread:
It sticks out into my cheek and is annoying, but otherwise is fine.
I can tell my bite is closing slightly
. There's not a lot of change yet though, I have several months to go.
This is my typical bite (with no appliance in):
These two are my bite on the first day the appliance was in, and today (almost 2 months later):
Not a whole lot of change, but my orthodontist measured today and he thinks it is going well! And at a pace that he is pleased with. "Slow and steady wins the race..."