This should be one of my most exciting posts. For 5 months I have endured the Rapid Palate Expander. After just a few days of having it in, I thought I was going to rip it out my mouth. After about a week, I was starting to get used to it. After 5 months I can’t say that I liked it, but I was definitely used to working around it and attributed most of the “braces” pain in my mouth to it. So I was excited to get it out just because I figured it would mean no more orthodontic pain except for when I got my adjustments. I was very wrong.
Removal of the Palate Expander
I have to say that I was worried about them removing it. As much as I wanted it out, I figured it would be painful. The tech assured me that it would be no big deal at all. Since it didn’t actually hurt to have it installed, I believed her. And I think she lied. Either that or I have the most sensitive molars in the history of teeth.
To remove the expander she basically had to shake the cement around my molars loose. My right molar has been sensitive since the first day all of this started. Every day. Of course it was going to hurt to have it shaken repeatedly! My left molar wasn’t much better. By the time she got the bands off of those teeth, I had tears running down my face. But it was out! My mouth tasted so incredibly gross. But I could talk normally again!!
Replacing the Bands
Although the expander could come out, I had to have the metal bands around the molars replaced to have something for the braces to connect to. I think it’s because I have some crowns back there. You might be lucky and not have to have the bands on your molars.
It should have been an easy process. There was plenty of space for them. Unfortunately, it was the most painful thing I have endured so far. It took her about 10 tries of pounding them in and pulling them back out before she thought that they were okay. I couldn’t take the pain anymore, so she cemented them back in. My gums were swollen and bleeding. Not fun.
Aftermath of the Bands
On the plus side, I can eat rice again without getting frustrated. I even ate a Hershey kiss just to prove that I could use the roof of my mouth again. My speech almost immediately went back to normal. It’s like I never even had it in there!
Now the negative. For days my molars still hurt so badly that I couldn’t chew on them. Luckily I had a regular dental cleaning scheduled (thank goodness for my dental insurance!). I told her about the pain and she checked it out. Apparently there was a bunch of cement wedged into my gums and she was guessing that was causing the pain. After numbing me up and scraping around in there, she got it all out. She then prescribed me some “Mary’s Magic Potion” to help with the pain, possible infection, etc. A day later and the pain is still just as bad. But I am holding out hope.
Soon I will have to have a band put onto one of the bottom molars (another crown) to anchor the bottom braces. I think I have about another month. Suffice to say I am REALLY dreading that based on how much these top bands are hurting. From there I continue to get adjusted until the front is all straight. I think I only have two bottom teeth left to straighten! Then they start correcting the bite in the back (I think with rubber bands).
I’m only 6 months in to the 2 years, but they are definitely looking better and I am getting more used to them in general. It still seems like a “forever” process, but I am getting there.
Read about my journey from the start.