The measuring of your baby and the manufacture and fitting of the appliance will be performed by Dr. Pocock. An impression or mould will need to be taken, this is usually done when the baby is 7-14 days old and this procedure is most frequently performed by your Orthodontist in the Operating Room (OR) with an Anaesthetist “standing by”. Your baby will not be anaesthetised, the Anaesthetist is just there to monitor your baby and help with breathing if there is a concern. This however is very unlikely, we just want to be as careful as possible. Our nurse practitioner or the Anaesthetist will advise you as to when your baby’s last feed before the procedure is to occur.
Once the baby is returned to you after about 15 – 30 minutes you may feed him. At this stage you will be given an appointment at your orthodontist’s office for the fitting of the appliance usually within a couple of days. The rest of the adjustment appointments will occur at the orthodontist’s office. A plaster cast is made from the impression and then a technician will fabricate the appliance. At the Orthodontist’s office the appliance will be fitted and you will be given instructions on how to place and remove it; including how to use the various tapes and elastics. The lip tape must be placed very tightly, ideally the lip will blanch (look white). Sometimes denture adhesive is used help the appliance stay secure.