Monday, September 17, 2012

Pulling the jaws by elastic bands

So the crowding on my lower left jaw seems to have corrected quite nicely over the Eid holidays. While the permanent tooth on my upper jaw was now held by wires and plate to facilitate its eruption progress over time.

On this follow up visit, my dentist mentioned that my jaw lines are "misaligned" and they need to be corrected while the procedures continue. Meaning my jaws were mis-aligned as something like this:
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Weird, eh? So how can this be corrected? Well, what is better than bringing some teeth back to alignment with a pair elastic bands?
Yup. This is practically how the teeth are being brought back into alignment. I had to wear two elastic bands actually.

Wanna see how big is the elastic band when kept on its own?
The relaxed elastic band in comparison to the plates that i have to wear
on my upper and lower jaws
Disclaimer: If anyone is disgusted by these pictures, please press Ctrl+W (or Command+W on Mac)

This much elastic band is spanned over the length of the jaw. You can understand how much tension it puts on the jaws. It used to hurt when i used to take it off or put it on because there is a sudden HIGH PRESSURE snap of the elastic on the hooks which jerk your teeth like super crazy.

Pure mechanical stuff!