First of all, I’ve been getting some emails about people asking me to teach them self-NCR. I am not qualified at the moment to teach anyone this. I do not want to be held reliable if what I teach was to cause damage. I am still learning about this myself, although I believe some positive changes has been made, it isn’t crazy dramatic change that the NCR people like to claim it is. And the changes I’ve seen isn’t enough to confirm to me what I am doing is 100% reliable, nor do I know if self NCR can replace normal NCR from a NCR doctor.
I have never received NCR series from a real doctor before. Maybe in the future I may feel more comfortable with Self-NCR but I am still experimenting with it. I really do not feel comfortable teaching anyone, as sometime I question if this treatment works at all.
Ok as for my palate expansion process.
For the upper palate, I started with an appliance with a hinge, (you can see a picture if in my past post), the hinge was there because my front arch was a lot narrower than the back of my arch by the molars. So the hinge was to allow the front arch to “catch up” to the back. I did this for about 3 months or so?
The doctor thought he had gotten enough expansion… by this point I had pretty good amount of gaps between some of the teeth(note I am reversing previous extraction orthodontic work, so we are trying to recreate the gaps for my 4 bicuspids that was extracted, so GAPS in this case is good). Anyway I wanted to go further with my expansion.
There was only so much expansion you can do with the top arch, as it was limited by the size of the bottom arch. So I had my doctor make me an appliance for the bottom arch, even though I had been using light-wire braces (similar to DAMON) to expand the bottom, we made an appliance for the bottom anyway to get more considerable expansion there. and we modified the upper appliance, now we removed the hinge and moved the screw in the middle of the appliance so we were now expanding the whole arch form.
Around 2 months ago I got this new thing called the Acceledent (http://acceledent.com/orthodontists), what it does is it uses electricity to send pulses of certain frequency that helps to stimulate bone growth. you wear it 15 min a day.
I had my doctor order the acceledent for me and this was new to both of us. The first month we used it, he noticed I made 2 months worth of progress.
I eventually out grew my first appliance for the bottom palate. At this point, the doc said he usually stops expanding the bottom palate, however since we now had this acceledent, he was more opted to try to expand the bottom more. Now I got a new bottom appliance yesterday to continue to expand the bottom palate. I also out grew the top appliance. the doctor is making me a new one so that we can expand the upper little bit more as well.
Also it is worthy to mention, that the upper arch had been expanded quite rapidly. I wear the appliance 24/7 (unlike some other appliances out there) and I expanded everyday 1/8 turn. So I have been expanding a lot faster than most methods. The idea here is that the upper palate has the suture and that suture can be expanded quite rapidly, although if I was to take the appliance off for even couple hours, that suture will begin to close back up again so this is why I wear the appliance 24/7. eventually new bone growth will be formed, and I can take the appliance off when I am 100% done with treatment. However for the bottom palate I have to expand very slowly because there is no suture for the mandible and if I expand too quickly all I will be doing is tipping the teeth out.
At the same time we have been moving the front teeth outwards, (they had been pushed back from prior orthodontics) This is counter intuitive from traditional orthodontic mentality. Tipping the front teeth out would cause an overbite or buckteeth?? Well I now realize, the front teeth needs to be angled outwards, as my front teeth is advancing forward, I am regaining more and more lip support and when I talk, I am looking better and better. Now my lip isn’t all scrounged up and my teeth is exposed just right when I speak. At the moment I have an overbite, as my front teeth extends past my bottom palate, however what we will do after I am done with expansion is put in an appliance with a hinge (the same one used by Dr. Mew in his orthotropics treatment) the hinge will force me to move my lower jaw forward and keep my mouth closed. What this will do over time, is create new bone growth in my jaw join, (where my lower jaw attached to the skull, near the ears) The socket has cartilage, but as I keep my jaw forward and create some space there, there will be new bone growth . and my jaw will come forward and down to meet the supposed “buck teeth”. And once my lower jaw comes forward to meet the front teeth, what looked like “buck teeth” won’t be there anymore because now my bottom teeth is meeting it.
Here is the paradigm shift when it comes to traditional orthodontics and this new way of orthotropics as pioneered by Dr. Mew. When I child has buckteeth, it is not because the front teeth sticks out too far. It is the lower jaw is too far back, causing the front teeth to appear to be “buck teeth”. Most cases the Front teeth / maxilla is too far back and down. and the front “buck” teeth needs to be push forward and up even more. And then the lower jaw needs to be brought forward to meet the front teeth.
This will begin to get rid of the receding chin look. Using train tracks to push everything back even more is just plain shitty.
Anyway right now, I am focused on expansion of the bottom palate as much as possible so I can expand the top palate as much as possible.
My arch is getting wide. It is now as wide as the common average. but I am trying to go beyond that average.
What I am definitely noticing after I started expanding the whole arch is that, my face is getting more symmetrical and balanced on both side. My chronic sinus problems in left nostril has considerably gotten better. All moving towards great direction as I expand my palate.
few month ago I also started with the crane treatment which is a reverse pull head gear. how do I feel about this as compared to 30 min a day hockey helmet treatment? I believe I am seeing better results with the crane although it is still too early to tell. I am only wearing it while I sleep currently which is only 8 hours a day. They tell you to wear 14 hours but I find that kind of hard with work and everything.
These changes are very gradual though and one most endure with great patience. It is a big lesson in taking care of oneself.