Tiffany Mix S. from Bountiful, UT (Source: Yelp)
I have a 9 year old whose jaw was recessed and he had a pronounced over jet of his upper teeth. As Dr Bailey and I discussed possible options, I was hesitant to put on an appliance since he didn’t have all his permanent teeth yet. However, knowing the next two years of his growth would be significant and the appliance may help his jaw alignment during that growth, I felt good about moving forward with it. Three months later, I have to say, the appliance was a game changer for my son in more ways than I anticipated. He had struggled with sleep apnea and snoring as well as a tickle/pain that would constantly urge him to pull and tug at his ears. We’d taken him to his primary care doctor and an ENT about this ear problem with no diagnosis or help offered. However after three months with this appliance, both issues have been resolved. But, I realized the most impactful change on my son was during the quarterly review I’d had with my son’s speech therapist. For two years he’s worked with his school’s speech therapist and struggled with his guttural sounds (k/g and a little r sound). At our review of his ILP, the speech therapist said, “I don’t know what Briant has done the past few months, but he’s had a dramatic change for the better and we anticipate no longer needing speech help.” I’ve not even mentioned how it’s helped his profile and appearance and jaw alignment, which was the initial reason we felt good about moving forward with the appliance. Yes, I’m an advocate for orthodontics in general, but there are so many unforeseen advantages that accompany it. Dr Bailey has been an advocate for kids, their confidence and their smiles for years and my kids have benefited. Thank you!!!