Updated photos at the bottom of post.
The title pretty much sums it up. Unfortunately, life got in the way of my DNA documentation and I’m behind. A lot of things have happened. The last update was on September 29th. At that point I had my upper mRNA appliance for approximately three months and my lower appliance for about six weeks. Around the beginning of October, my dentist switched my lower appliance for a new one that I was approved for, called a Crozat. Unlike the mRNA, it has no acrylic and no wires to hook on the upper appliance, so, my comfort has greatly improved. My dentist said I was making progress with my jaw coming forward and now it was time to use the Crozat to gently nudge my lower teeth out. If you recall in earlier posts, my severe underdevelopment, malocclusion, and tori are interfering with my breathing. We’re hoping that the Crozat does its job and there will not be a need for surgery to remove the tori. We’ll see.
I’ve been using the Crozat all day and night except when eating and I’ve seen remarkable change. We had to change the turning of the upper appliance to one half turn every four days because my teeth were very sore turning a full turn every five to seven days. Last week I had expanded my appliance as far as it could go and it was time for a new one. They took new upper impressions and today I received my new appliance. I already love it more. Much less acrylic, no side wings to catch a lower appliance, and it feels less bulky.
I continue to use the CPAP. I still hate it, but I feel so much better using it, so, I carry on. I imagine they will be testing me soon to see how I’m sleeping without it. Some nights I don’t wear it and I usually don’t sleep well. I drove from Florida to Maryland over the holidays and didn’t fall asleep at the wheel once. Yay me! CPAP has been good for that. As for appliance changes, since the Crozat has moved my lower teeth out, I have noticed a huge change in how my tongue feels in my mouth. It almost sits in the bottom of my mouth as it should, where as before, I had no choice but to rest it between my teeth because it simply didn’t fit in my mouth.
Next, I have some tongue, lip, and jaw exercises that I need to master. I’m also getting back on a stricter primal diet to lessen inflammation. In two days I’ll start adjusting the new upper appliance. Six months down, at least twelve months to go. Here’s to an amazing start to 2016!