So after almost 3 years into this process of reversing extraction orthodontics, I get my braces off and get ready for Ceraroot implants. I visited the oral surgeon few weeks ago and we did another 3D scan, he says this is an ideal case, the upper left bicuspid space has opened up where as it was very tight before.
Ceraroot implants are ceramic type of implants and I am using their new models that just came out 1-2 years ago which is slimmer requiring 6 mm and it has more grooves on it so it is sturdier than the past models. I was told oral surgeon has plenty of space for these implants with 1 mm of space on either side, so he was thoroughly impressed at my orthodontist. He said the surgery will be piece of cake, where as before back in December (6 months ago) he said on the uppers he could do it but it was very tight and he will be sweating.
Oral surgeon comments I have great bone density (I do believe this is from chewing)
and there will be no bone graft needed.
I did not have any root absorption (My daily use of Acceledent may have played a part in this)
We had to get new molds of my mouth for the surgeon since they make special kits to do the implants accurately guided by the computer and to make new retainers, before I sent the new molds off to the surgeon I took pictures of them and now I came back to my parents this weekend and found molds of my old mouth before adult expansion. And I was pretty shocked just how much my mouth had grown and expanded from age 23 to 26.
Next time I’m in the office and I have more time I will take better side by side picture as I didn’t have much time at the office last time.
I will also take the bottom arch to show that bone has remodeled there as well.
But I think you can still see quite a lot with these pictures.
With braces off I can really tell that I have the frontal arch now that I was missing before which gives me the lip support while talking and half smiling. With extraction orthodontics I sort of lost the ability to do half smiles because of lack of lip support and narrowed front arch.
I believe this is empirical proof that bone changes from long term, light pressure overtime regardless of age.
Now I scratch my head at my first orthodontist when I was 18 with crowding and he told me flat out that my suture has fused and it can not be expanded. I will probably never trust doctors ever again in my life. They take what they read in a text book from 1960 and proclaim as truths. (Not all) but most are just going through the motions and running a business to turn profits. I went back and looked at the reviews of this past doc and he has positive reviews on Google, and he’s got the nice modern office and the aesthetic website. While my current doctor that’s been working with Dr. John Mew since mid 80’s doesn’t even have a website, & works part time from a dentist office as he is semi-retired, but his skills and knowledge is light years ahead.
Do your due diligence, question the doctor on every turn, and be prepared to challenge him when he starts babbling his “concepts” he learned in dental school. Just because he has degrees hanging on the wall, a white coat & the doctor tag does not make him more knowledgeable, this is a case where the patient knows more than the doctor, because not only do we do our research but we also feel what is going on.
3 Years ago and beyond that, when my braces first came off from my first extraction ortho work, I always felt something wasn’t right with my mouth. For almost 3 years I fought with self-consciousness regarding my teeth which I would try to suppress as I already had orthodontics already so I’d tell myself it wasn’t right to think those things.
My main issue was the lack of frontal arch, the arch I saw in celebrities and good looking individuals, when they pulled my canines back it just wasn’t the same, I may have become more self-conscious than even before braces. Eventually I started doing some research on the subject and decided to find a way to expand the palate and bring those canines back out again.
I did not have TMD (yet) and I had mild sleep apnea (which I was not aware of)
This was all before I even knew anything about oral posture and muscle tone.
First 1.5 years I used biobloc stage 1 to expand the upper palate, and then I got in braces to move the front arch forwards.
You’d expect the biggest change to my face came during the expansion phase but this has not been the case, it was when I learned about posterior tongue posture that I began to see noticeable changes that even the dental assistants took notice.
I would have never expected to learn that the mouth was a symptom of improper facial development which is a problem that majority of modern population now face. This is a big subject that has large implications for so many.
Let me quickly go over some beneficial changes I have seen in the last 3 years since embarking on this journey of reversing extraction orthodontics
- Wider Smile, much less dark spaces during a smile
- Getting the frontal arch back so I can do half smiles and look normal
- Since learning about oral posture & muscle tone, face is getting shorter & wider
- Mandible appears wider, because it is coming forwards
- Face is beginning to lift from inside out due to tongue posture, front cheeks or bone below my eye is becoming less flat
- Eye shape changing slightly (less squinted, more open)
- Chronic congested left nostril is now clear
- Shift from oral breathing often (deep breath, sighs, etc) to quiet nasal breathing (Buteyko Breathing)
- Better Sleep
- Changed lip form
- Clearer voice, improved vocal projection
- Chronic self-consciousness about my appearance beginning to lift
- Improved head posture which is resolving chronic neck pain I had
- Improved body posture, with shirt off the body looks better like shoulders seem wider apart (I believe as head posture improves from forward head posture to more up right, it will affect the whole body)
- Stronger muscle tone, noticing my mouth is closed when I put my attention on it versus teeth apart posture
All these changes are subtle and my point is not to over hype this process, don’t expect that you will become a different person. But just stating that I saw improvements in all these areas not just in teeth.
I put more pictures of how my face is changing in the membership blog