My name is Michael, I’m 38 and live in NZ. In my early teens x-rays showed I was missing 6x premolars – all top and two bottom. I had 6x teeth extracted and two years of braces, with reverse-pull headgear to close the spaces.
Although I was left with ‘straight teeth’, functionally I was left with a constant ‘collapsing’ sensation in my oral space (I think this was a serious imbalance of tongue vs facial musculature) and aesthetically my facial profile was worse than flat. It’s probably my breathing, sleep and speech were affected. My self-esteem was a wreck for most of my young adult life.
This website is a document of the treatment I have sought in order to restore my facial structure, optimal function, self-esteem and social utility.