SPD and the Orthodontist

by Marcie
(Ontario, Canada)


I just got back from the Orthodontist (my son's dentist suggested we go) and he wants me to have an apparatus put into his mouth. His jaw is not meeting up and this device will reshape his jaw. They showed me a sample of this thing and I told them that there is no way my son was ever going to let them put this thing in his mouth. My son has oral sensitivities and I can't see it working. Has anyone else had to deal with this issue??


Marcie

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Dec 03, 2009
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Refused spacers for my 9 yr old son w/ oral SPD
by: SPD Mom

My son has serious oral SPD issues. When the orthodontist advised spacers etc. on his baby teeth for a period of two years, I refused and have no regrets. We are now facing the question of whether to install traditional braces now that he is older and has all his perm teeth.

Once again the orthodontist (there is only one in my town) has suggested traditional braces for a period of two years (I think malpractice requires this time line). I am seriously considering invisalign orthodontics that he can remove to eat.

Oct 06, 2009
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totally agree
by: Anonymous

Not to worry...sounds like my daughter in the comments above. I was more distressed than she was...the first 3 days are the worst but the kids really do manage it well and do great!

Sep 25, 2009
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We did it!
by: Anonymous

My daughter also had a spacer attached to her top teeth that ran across her palate. The hardest part was having the mold done. She was in serious panic and gagged alot, but the hygienist had tricks to distract her and she was able to do it. My daughter didn't mind having the device I think she enjoyed messing with it with her tongue. It ended up becoming more like an oral "fidget". She missed it when she had it removed.

I have to say that once it was in the hardest part was doing the adjustments at home. They give you this crazy tool and it was challenging. Also a water pik worked the best at keeping everything clean, but we all got wet in the process! If you can pick an ortho that has a very kid friendly staff warn everyone first not to take outbursts personally and ask for the most "maternal" hygienist to soothe nerves. He'll learn he can deal with these challenges and maybe get a boost of self esteem too!

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