|The Homeoblock appliance with case and advancement tool.|
The upper Homeoblock fit well enough, although I still felt that it wasn't optimal. Dr. Darlington said I could adjust the wiring as I needed to when I got home with my fingers, so I wasn't too worried about it and decided to get back on the road. The Homeoblock was given to me in a retainer-like case with an adjustment tool to advance the appliance a quarter turn each week. It's a pretty slick system.
At home, I made sure to take some "before" pictures to compare later down the line when I finally look like the Neanderthal that I've always wanted to. Kidding. But it will be interesting to see what changes occur, however subtle. Here's some of my mug shots to show you all what I'm working with. Please understand that I sacrificed a great beard so that my facial structure can be seen for what it really is -- all in the name of science. First face pictures:
Note the yellow line above that I drew on my face to illustrate its lack of symmetry. The left side appears to droop down, particularly noticeable by observing the eyes and lips. In the picture on the right, you'll notice that while smiling there is a definite natural face lift going on for me, but there is still marked asymmetry around the nose. Now let's take a look at my glorious upper and lower palate as they are now.
On the far left, you can see how my teeth come together off centered. My lower palate (center) is pretty narrow and my front teeth are slightly overlapping due to years of shifting (I got my braces off at age 13). On the right is my upper palate and a similar process is underway with one tooth in particular poking out a bit. Of course, also note that neither palate has the wisdom teeth courtesy of my high school orthodontist.
After analyzing my facial features and chompers, I was excited to try the much-anticipated Homeoblock out that night. I inserted it right before bed, slept through the night fine (besides a little excessive drooling), and woke up to fairly sore teeth. Things were definitely moving! My jaw felt like it had a bit of a workout. I could still eat solid foods and the soreness went away after a few hours in the day. The next night, I decided to try to adjust the upper Homeoblock to get it to fit better. I toyed around with it a bit much, apparently, as one of the wires snapped! "Well, it was an interesting $1700 experiment while it lasted," I thought to myself. So I wore only the bottom palate that night. I called Dr. Darlington the following day to inform him of what had happened. He said to just send it to him and he can get it fixed, and since it still seemed to not fit well, he would replace the broken wire with a "ball joint" to see if that helped. If it didn't we could just have a new upper palate Homeoblock made from a freshly formed cast of my mouth. Great! I really feel supported by Dr. Darlington, and I'm grateful that this is all covered under the initial cost that I paid.
So I should get my upper Homeoblock back next week sometime. Until then, the doc said that it would be fine to wear my lower palate appliance. I will update everyone once I pass the two or three week mark with that. Also, I would like to compare the Homeoblock with Damon Braces at some point. I am awaiting Dr. Belfor's thoughts on this subject when he returns from traveling.
One more thing. Those of you interested in the subject of adult facial enhancement should drop by Nourishing Nancy's website to keep up with her updates on the Damon Braces system. She has already seen very significant results!