USING A PENDEX APPLIANCE
If you don’t have problems with the size of your jaws it is hard to understand how difficult it can be to deal with. There is no room for teeth to come through and when they do manage, they are not in the correct place. They will not look right and often you will not want to smile as it will let people see how crooked your teeth are. It can also be difficult to eat as when you bite, the teeth are not where the other set expects them to be. When there is a need for a space to be created in the mouth and distalize the upper molars, a Pendex appliance will be an ideal way to achieve it.
This unique piece of equipment is designed purely for this purpose and is a field leader when it comes to arch development. It is used to expand in different areas and as the name suggests there are three different parts. The great thing about this is that each area can be dealt with in isolation. If one part needs to be expanded a little more or less than the others, then that is what can be done. You don’t have to have a universal appliance as this is not always going to help with the expansion.
THE FIRST APPOINTMENT
Each of the three points can also be altered to different sizes. This is a great device but neither it nor the orthodontist can work miracles. There has to be a lot of co-operation form the wearer and when advice is given it must be taken and followed. When the Pendex appliance is first fitted the orthodontist. He will explain what you must and must not do. The list will include:
- The Pendex Appliance must be worn 24 hours a day.
- It cannot be removed to eat and to clean it.
- It will be best to brush after ever meal. When there is a family member nearby will be the ideal time to turn the screw.
- Don’t brush too hard as the wires could get damaged.
- Try not to eat foods that can stick to it. That will mean avoiding lots of candy, and also items such as nuts that are hard and could damage it.
You need to carefully follow the timetable when it comes to visiting your orthodontist. If you are in the position where you have to reschedule an appointment, this could prolong your orthodontic treatment because the teeth have shifted in the wrong position. When you have your regular visits at your orthodontists office, he will decide how much more turning needs to be done and how much distalization is needed of the upper molars – or if it is in the right position already. Each time the screw are turned there will be a little pressure felt. Speech may be a little slurred and the tongue needs to adjust to the Pendex appliance. If pain is felt even after pain medication, arrange to see the orthodontist to see what the problem is.