FAQs about an overjet.

I stumbled across your site over a year ago and I cannot get it out of my mind. I saw that you recently added photos of your results and they are amazing. I hope things are going well for you.

I am at a crossroads and your response would mean the world to me. I am a 24 year old girl; had headgear and braces as a child which resulted in a long, narrow face. This has really taken a toll on my life as I have known for years that something was off and it has caused bouts of severe depression. I am considering double jaw surgery but torn because I am so intrigued by your face pulling technique, even bought the hockey helmet and supplies. Unfortunately I am hesitant tocommit because I don't know if it will work for me. It looks to me like you had a deep bite before, so the upward pull of the contraption counteracted it. I have a flat face so I need the "forward" movement but I have a very slight open bite. Do you think it's worth a try? Any suggestions for orthodontists in washington state or the northwest who would be willing to experiment?

I have already tried NCR on my way to finding a soution to what orthodontics did to me. I really hope our philosophy catches on, it's really atrocious how these orthodontsts are missing the faces for the teeth...

I'm from Sweden and I'm so happy I found your website!

First of all, let me introduce myself and tell my story. I'm 35 years old and at the age of 15 I had four teeth extracted and braces to treat an overjet. Ever since then I've viewed this as one of the biggest mistakes of my life but it wasn't until recently that I could understand why. Dentists and orthodontists had been telling me how great everything looked but I knew that something was either wrong or that I was crazy.

Last year I spent hundreds of hours researching what might be wrong and basically I found the same stuff you're talking about on your website. I decided to put up an informative site of my own and a blog and I have since then had about 80,000 visits, which is kind of good for Sweden. I'm a professional search engine optimization expert so I used my work skills to reach out to people. Like you, I've since then received tons of emails from people who have either had braces and have TMJ, sleep apnea or aren't satisfied with the way they look, or are looking for treatment but can't find anything that makes sense.

I've been to a couple of consultations (one of them was with Patrick Grossman, an ALF orthodontist in London) but I soon realized that there aren't too many practitioners in Europe who are willing to expand the maxilla forward to any bigger degree. I've been in contact with two patients of Dr. Brendan Stack in Washington DC and Dr. William Hang in LA and they both had implants to replace the missing teeth. This is what I want to have done myself but I have yet to find someone in Europe who is willing to expand enough to make the room necessary for that. Also, of course, cost is a big problem. The guy who went to Dr. Hang paid 40,000 dollars all in all. That's not including trips.

Lately I have been wondering if there is anything I could do myself. One ortho I went to said mouth guards for snoring sometimes permanently pull the mandible forward. You see, I have a retruded chin but I believe there's enough bone to just elongate the muscles and bring it forward without surgery.

Are you familiar with the user Tooth975, a functional orthodontist who answers questions on Yahoo Answers? He talks a lot about the Schwarz plate and I've seen places online where you can buy it.

When I found your website I was elated! Not only because you say pretty much everything I've been thinking and keeping to myself for the last 18 years but also because there might be a chance we can fix part of the problem on our own.

I have studied this topic for more than a year now and I know a great deal about expanders, how they work, how much you can expand in adults, what everything is supposed to look like etc. I wanted to hear your opinion though. Do you think using a Schwarz plate in combination with the hockey helmet technique would work? Maybe wearing an appliance like that 24/7 and then doing the helmet exercise for 30 minutes would be more effective? I don't know if it would be risky or very wise for that matter but I feel like I don't have much choice at the moment. Either continue the way I have the past 18 years, or try to do something about it myself.

Did you get spaces between your teeth when you expanded the upper jaw? Do you know if the Schwarz plate needs to be custom made? Have you noticed any kind of relapse? A lot of doctors say adult maxillary expansion isn't stable and that you would have to wear a retainer for the rest of your life. I have also heard about people who had relapses after NCR. What's your experience regarding this?

Either way, I would like to keep in contact with you guys and get some support if possible! Maybe I can contribute with the stuff I've found during this journey too?

Also, I'm very curious what stage you have reached in your treatment at this point?

Again, thanks for putting up this wonderful website!

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