On March 1st, I got fitted with a DNA appliance to increase my palate. This has been a long struggle of wanting the perfect smile. I needed braces, or something, anything, when I was younger, but that was never an option. So, my first attempt was through the Navy when I got to shore duty. I was 26 and they came up with a plan for treatment involving braces, extractions, and surgery. The plan was to pull all 4 bicuspids (they did), wear braces, then break my jaw and set it back. I got to the braces portion, then when I was to get out of the Navy, they yanked them off and gave me a retainer, even though my treatment was not finished. I had asked them about it, because I knew I would probably not be finished by the time I got out or went back to sea duty, and they said I could keep them on and finish my treatment with a civilian. Didn’t really matter, I was happy my teeth were the straightest they had ever been, but I was sad I didn’t get the surgery. I broke the retainer a couple of years after I got out, and was in college with no insurance and no money, so couldn’t afford the replacement.
My teeth shifted and I started getting gaps, especially where they had pulled the bicuspids. My current dentist is so upset that they did that, and I’m learning that is what the not-so-great dentists do, which I think they are getting away from now. I know they were just trying to speed along my treatment, but still, pulling 4 perfectly good teeth seems so unnecessary.
Anyway, the current dentist, now that I am 39, gave me a few options, but after looking at my xrays and scans, decided since my teeth roots were shallow, probably from moving my teeth as an adult, they didn’t want to move the teeth much. So, he offered the DNA appliance to expand the palate. I’m not sure how this doesn’t move the teeth, because from what I’ve read they will move where they need to be, perhaps he was speaking of forceful moving. I had my impressions done the first week of February, and my appliance was ready by the 1st of March. I was told they start with the upper, and the bottom teeth will move where they need to go more than likely, if not, they will add in the bottom when needed.
I am so excited to start this treatment and see where it can go. I don’t have sleeping problems that I know of, but this device is being touted as something to help sleep apnea, open the airway, and other health benefits besides the teeth and jaw. I might develop cheek bones! But mainly, even though my teeth are mostly straight, they aren’t quite where they should be, and I am so tired of having a closed-mouth smile. I want to show them pearly whites and be proud!
I had to wear the appliance for a week to get used to it, before I started making adjustments. I wear it 10-12 hours a night, usually I get home from work, eat dinner, brush the toof, and put it in for the evening. I made the first adjustment tonight, and I can’t really feel a difference, but I’m not sure I made as big as an adjustment as I was supposed to. I’ll talk to the Dentist when I see him in a few weeks, but he said slower is better, because he wants to grow bone, not scar tissue, which could result if it moves too fast.