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Offline Anita

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Tongue crib and expander
« on: 14. April 2019, 15:30:16 PM »
I recently started orthodontic treatment for crowding and a large overjet and overbite. It's gotten worse over time. My orthodontist said I have a tongue thrusting habit that must be corrected and started my treatment by putting on partial braces and an upper expander with tongue crib. I got them last week and they are very uncomfortable. My speech is bad with a lisp and it's hard to eat, swallow, and speak. My orthodontist said I would adjust and recommended speech therapy. I had my first appointment on Friday and my speech therapist gave me exercises for improving my speech and retraining my tongue so it doesn't thrust against my teeth. I want the appliance out, but my speech therapist and orthodontist but think it is really important. The expander is also painful and I have to turn it with a key.

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Re: Tongue crib and expander
« Reply #1 on: 15. April 2019, 16:47:09 PM »
How long do they say you'll need to have the appliances?

Offline Anita

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Re: Tongue crib and expander
« Reply #2 on: 15. April 2019, 18:09:02 PM »
He said I would need the expander for 9 months. He said I would need the crib for longer and maybe for the remainder of my treatment. But it's attached to the expander, so he said I would either get a new fixed crib after the expander is out or hopefully a removable one.

 

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Re: Tongue crib and expander
« Reply #3 on: 15. April 2019, 18:13:26 PM »
Wow, that sounds intense

Offline Anita

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Re: Tongue crib and expander
« Reply #4 on: 29. April 2019, 03:48:20 AM »
It's really uncomfortable and difficult to speak with. I also got a herbst now and can't speak. I am going to speech therapy and seeing if that helps.

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Re: Tongue crib and expander
« Reply #5 on: 02. May 2019, 19:25:36 PM »
wow that sounds like quite a mouthful, I sympathise! how are you getting on with the herbst?

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Re: Tongue crib and expander
« Reply #6 on: 09. May 2019, 16:18:25 PM »
The herbst is very uncomfortable. It is cutting up my tongue and the inside of my cheeks. It's so hard to even swallow without my tongue scratching the expander. My mouth has been very sore, though that's improving a little. My teeth don't touch now, so chewing is very hard and I have to use my front teeth. The herbst only allows my mouth to move a little , so there is so much pressure when I chew. After like 10 minutes of chewing the smallest bite, I try to swallow it, and it all gets stuck in my expander, tongue crib, and in the side of me cheek. The two screws on the bottom cause two bumps on the outside of my mouth to show at my lower lip, especially when I smile, and it's extremely sore. My jaw hurts and I have a really bad lisp and difficulty speaking. I already had a hard time speaking with the expander and crib, but this makes it much worse.