Phase One: Complete!
Somehow, we hit the sweet spot of pre-puberty growth and appropriate timing for the ALF device and Kyle has completed Phase One in exactly one year. Woot! He’s been device-free for almost 5 months and his bite is stable. We go back in 2 months for photos and bite register to officially wrap this up. Our plan: he grows a bit more, a few more teeth come in, and then we start Phase Two. In the meantime, we only need to check in twice a year.
It doesn’t always work this fast or this well. What’s the phrase…your mileage may vary (YMMV). However, I am overjoyed for something to go relatively smoothly and painlessly. Traditional orthodontia would have had us cranking open his upper palate with a butterfly expander, something our pediatric neurologist wasn’t very keen on. Me neither.
This has been an easier and less traumatic, although pricier, option. Worth. Every. Penny.
For more information on ALF devices, check this out.