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Problems related previous 11mm overbite?
Hi there my names Tom, I'm a Biomedical Scientist. Here's my history. At about the age of 12 I had an 11mm overbite, a very triangular shaped face with a receded chin, I was VERY skinny with long thin limbs and In comparison to my face I had somewhat of large protrusive head. Timmy from South Park would be a good caricature of my appearance then.

Anyhow, I underwent 5 years of orthodontics. Non-surgical Rapid palatal expansion, then an appliance to bring my lower jaw forward, then a two piece appliance with bands to bring my jaw forward and correct asymmetrical growth,  then train track type braces for a couple of years. After which I was told to come back at the age of 18 to discuss surgery and I wore retainers everyday for about a year and a half and I occasionally still wear them. I had a period where I got quite a lot of orthodontic relapse and started wearing them on and off again.

Anyway fast forward and I am now 22. I am going to see an ENT soon as since I was about 19 I've had problems breathing through my nose. Recently I had a reunion with a couple of friends from school who I hadn't really seen since I was 17/18, needless to say we were looking at old photos. A couple of them commented that they thought my eyes were a scarily bigger than what they used to be. I have also been told my eyelids don't close when I sleep and I have been getting dry eyes a lot for a few years. They are rather protuberant. Graves would be the most obvious one but I don't think it's that.

Comparing pictures of when I was 17 and now, brings up a few things. 1) My eyes are a hell of a lot more protuberant 2) My face has changed shape a LOT. It's got wider. My forehead at the end of the orthodontic treatment was pretty sloped and in proportion. It is now a lot more protuberant, my face is a lot longer, my nose is larger and a lot more beaked and my nasal bridge appears to be more depressed.

So, could my breathing problems be associated with my previous orthodontic problems?

  
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And could the changes in my eyes be to do with an maxillofacial changes?
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Also to expand on the orthodontic relapse I had for a while, when I started wearing my retainers again it fell like I was undergoing the Rapid Palatal Expansion I underwent in the early stages of my orthodontic treatment.

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