Orthodontic chains to pull teeth down

Aly - posted on 01/10/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son's orthodontist says that he needs to have chains put on his two canine teeth to pull them down. He's worried about having a lysp during the time that he has the chains on. I tried to look up some information online, but I couldn't find much about them. Do they hurt? Can they eat after they have them put on? Did your child have a lysp with them on? Thanks for the info.

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Nancy - posted on 01/26/2010

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My daughter had to have a chain put on 1 of her canines to pull it down because it was growing sidewides. The worst part was putting the chain on. They advised us to put her to sleep to have it done but our insurance would not pay for it so she was awake the entire time and did fine. She was 12 at the time. It has been on for over a yr and she has not had any problems with it. She does not have a lysp and has no problems eating. We just couldnt imagine having a chain on a tooth but it's really not been a big deal. Hope this info helps.

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Laura - posted on 01/26/2010

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I understand your trepidation. My son also had problems with his canine teeth coming down. Our orthodontist gave us a head aparatus that hooked onto his teeth and went around his head. He had to wear it as much as possible. So we had him wear it at home watching tv, doing homework and sleeping...but not during school or while eating. It was either this or he would have to pull two of his teeth to make room for those two teeth to comedown.

Well, the good news is it worked. This head aparatus made enough room for those teeth to come down without having to pull any teeth. I was happy and my son was happy. Was a pain to wear, but he said he would rather do that then have them pulled.

Hope this info helps.

Joy - posted on 01/26/2010

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Aly, my daughter's canines are stuck sideways in her gums and are encased in cysts. She has had her braces on for 3 mos. now. When there is enough room they are going to removed the cysts and put chains on her teeth. From what our ortho said it's basically the same as the braces. So anything you can't eat w/ braces you can't eat w/ the chains. when are they putting his on?

Tracey - posted on 01/11/2010

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I don't know about chains but I used to have braces top and bottom jaws and I could eat fine with them once I got used to them and had no lisp. They only hurt, or ached is more accurate, when they were tightened (had them for 2 years and tightened once a month) for about a day after.

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