The first prototype

In the Summer of 2014, I had this idea idea for the first time. I will create a machine that pushes on my maxilla to move it forward. This force can be replicated by sticking your thumb on your palate, and pushing forward. If you do it for several seconds, with a high enough force, you feel a strain on  your cheek area, just below the eyes. I  simply needed to create a machine that will replicate this force, and I would wear when sleeping or at home. The concept is simple, but implementation has turned out to be pretty challenging.

Prototype 1.0 of the maxillary protraction headgear
Prototype 1.0 of the maxillary protraction headgear – 2014/09/08

I got my hands on a meccano set, and immediately built this contraption. It was heavy, uncomfortable and impossible to sleep with. It put so much reciprocal force on my forehead that it would wrinkle my skin and give me headaches. I still tried to wear it as much as possible, but it needed a lot of improvement.

I also found the initial design sketches I made, when I first got this idea. This is what I tried to build with the meccano set.

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2 thoughts on “The first prototype”

  1. I was a child of headgear to correct an overbite in the 70s and have been through braces twice and lower jaw
    Surgery with an enormous open bite and 30 years of severe Tmj and condular resorption. I have an orthodontist in NYC who is attempting to pull my jaws together with Invisalign…so far so good, but this idea is what would help me tremendously….it would help my lower jaw track forward instead of back…I want to be where I was when I was 14 again. Can you please help me?

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