of Gary from the U.K.
Gary is 38. He is from the UK
but is living and having treatment in Hong Kong.
Gary says, "Due to my
particular V-shape and inability to bite an apple I decided it
was time to redress my also increasing consciousness of the
increasingly overlapping front tooth - despite friends and
girlfriends in particular telling me it was part of me!
"I had the expander
fitted in Sept 2002 and was amazed at the 10mm expansion in 6
weeks! I had to keep it in position for another 6 weeks. I can
honestly say the first 2-3 weeks were a complete nightmare -
having to deal with clients over the phone and subsequently
discover they thought I was turning alcoholic as I always
sounded drunk! The speech gradually came back to almost
normal, but eating continued to be both uncomfortable, and
resulting in eating for necessity not for any enjoyment.
Gary's mouth when the
expander was first fitted
Six weeks later, a 10 mm
expansion has taken place
A frontal shot of Gary's
teeth (pre-braces) with the expander in place.
"Braces were fitted in
Nov 02 and the expander removed - wow that was a great day and
cause for a very alco celebration just so I could be drunk as
I sounded so for so long!!
"I have been back in the
UK since Feb 03 but managed a visit on my return from New
Zealand (don't tell the boss I sneaked a stopover in HK!) in
May so unfortunately I have lacked the visits recently and
done some DIY anti-cheek-poking activity (not recommended for
"I am looking forward to
returning to Hong Kong in Sept 03 and can't wait to get the
braces tightened - I never have a problem with my ceramics
apart from severe staining as I drink too much, smoke too much
and love curry! From a pain perspective I don't feel any, just
a little numbness for 3 days PMT (post metal tensioning).
I guess I will have the braces
for another year yet."