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post #61 of 67

I think it is too early for me so I will ask - what is CST?

post #62 of 67

Sorry, it's craniosacral therapy.  My kids have gone from birth and we've seen it be effective for a wide range of things.  I happen to be extremely lucky to have 2 practitioners near me that at the top of their field.  They've been practicing for 20+ years each (one 30+)  I think part of the reason there's been so much progress for us is their skill level.  Not all practitioners are created equally.  For us, one is a PT and one is a DC.  Both specialize in pediatrics.

 

I know plenty of people who go and have good results with local practitioners, but I think it's important to have a referral or recommendation.

post #63 of 67

Thanks PB.  I am wondering if the Chiro I see does CST...

post #64 of 67
Bumping up this thread...

They've just recommended expanders for my eight year old whose teeth are too big and are blocking her canines from coming in. They say it is to avoid extraction

That seems like a lot of expansion ...the distance for two big teeth to fit in her jaw? ... Is that safe??
post #65 of 67

i would guess that any carefully controlled expanders are far safer and better for the mouth than letting the teeth barge their sway in. they certainly are not going to do more than is needed. if a ortho wanted to do something like that to me or my kid and showed me why and explained the alternative, i would feel totally comfortable doing it

post #66 of 67
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Originally Posted by Subhuti View Post

Bumping up this thread...
They've just recommended expanders for my eight year old whose teeth are too big and are blocking her canines from coming in. They say it is to avoid extraction
That seems like a lot of expansion ...the distance for two big teeth to fit in her jaw? ... Is that safe??

My son was about that age when he had a palate expander.  They recommended extractions but only of baby teeth which weren't falling out.  He had quite a bit of pain but I never felt it was unsafe.  He's been in braces since the expander came out, maybe a year and a half ago.  He's got another year to go now, then a retainer, then probably braces again as a teen.

post #67 of 67
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It just makes me wonder if orthodontia isn’t simply a very commonly accepted body modification for questionable benefit

This is true except instead of questionable benefit I would write cosmetic benefit. Most people get braces for a straight smile, not health reasons.It sounds to me like the benefit of straight teeth for you was less important for you than going through all the ortho work. I personally think it is worth it. I have 1 kid in braces and I would get them myself except that I have no insurance coverage and one othro bill  at a time is enough. I too had them as a child and now my teeth are all crooked again becuase I never wore retainers. I didn't realize they were a life long commitment and only worth a few years. I would love to have invisaline, mybe next year.

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