Who knew a trip to the orthodontist could be so hard on the Moms? Yesterday my daughter had a "palate expander" installed. This is not a very fun device and for the next 9 months we'll slowly turn the key so the device widens her upper palate. She's doing pretty well..... other than not wanting to eat...some pain and talking funny. I'm just glad that I have had lots of advice from people like you who have been through this. There are great teeth on the other end of the next few years of gear...but right now I need a little hand holding!