Braces after Jaw Fracture at Age 56!

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EmilyTravels
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Braces after Jaw Fracture at Age 56!

#1 Postby EmilyTravels » Sun Aug 27, 2017 8:34 am

Hi All. As the Subject line says, I am getting braces after suffering a jaw fracture (three places) in a bicycle accident in April 2017. I first had closed reduction with jaw wiring by an oral surgeon. The wires were then replaced with heavy elastics on the arch bars, and at last, the arch bars were removed.

Although much better than before the jaw wiring, my bite is still a bit off (open bite on right and front) and chewing is not the same as before the accident. My oral surgeon told me up front I would need braces after the work he would do. I have been in the waiting period to let things settle for awhile.

I had a consultation with an excellent orthodontist a week ago and am going to have Speed System (self-ligating) braces installed tomorrow. I will have six clear brackets on the top and the rest metal. I will need elastics for my bite issues. Straightening my teeth will be a side benefit. I did have braces in my pre-teen/early-teen years but neglected wearing my retainer, so my perfectly straight teeth gradually moved out of position again.

Here are my before photos. Unfortunately I cannot get them to display inline. I tried the tags, but only got the word "Image" instead of the photo. :( I am using Dropbox -- if anyone has any suggestions, I'd appreciate it!

Smile:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/q8o5jxzhyvfvz7e/smile.JPG?dl=0

Bite (showing midline off):
https://www.dropbox.com/s/nir7280ikz6iuml/bite.JPG?dl=0

Upper teeth crowding & crooked:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/b808x36hf0k094t/uppers.JPG?dl=0

Open bite:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/b2c7nw29o177h9c/open_bite.JPG?dl=0

I'll update again tomorrow after I get braced!
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Re: Braces after Jaw Fracture at Age 56!

#2 Postby FlyByNight » Sun Aug 27, 2017 9:48 am

Sorry to hear about your jaw. I had the Damon system with the top 6 ceramic braces too.

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Re: Braces after Jaw Fracture at Age 56!

#3 Postby EmilyTravels » Mon Aug 28, 2017 12:29 pm

Thanks FlyByNight. It has not been the easiest thing I've ever gone through, that's for sure. :cry:

So, I got my braces put on today...most of them. He decided to wait until next time (three weeks) to put the brackets on my molars, which all have crowns on them. I guess that involves a different type of prep or glue? Anyway, I think he is trying to ease me into things, maybe because of my age or because of my jaw. Not sure, but I am fine with it -- a bit less to deal with right at first.

I'm trying to get used to having my mouth full of brackets, and learning how to brush and floss. My lips feel stretched out, like it's kinda hard to keep my mouth closed. I had to go buy the floss in the little holders and non-whitening toothpaste. I'm kinda scared to eat anything besides soup or ice cream at this point. Taking Tylenol as I'm feeling a bit uncomfortable, though I expect the pain will get worse over the next 24-48 hours. It just all feels very weird! :tingrin:
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Re: Braces after Jaw Fracture at Age 56!

#4 Postby EmilyTravels » Mon Aug 28, 2017 1:59 pm

Here's what the braces look like on Day 1:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/zcg6z53nq97061y/braceDayAug28_2017.JPG?dl=0

Need to figure out how to add a ticker!
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Re: Braces after Jaw Fracture at Age 56!

#5 Postby EmilyTravels » Thu Aug 31, 2017 2:38 pm

Day 3: Most of my teeth are much less sore than on Days 1-2, but I woke up with one very sore tooth on top right; it's the one behind the canine, which happens to be where my top braces terminate currently. Popped a Tylenol, and pain diminished considerably for the rest of the day. Am going to use the Waterpik today for the first time as I'm out of flossers (have six packs on order via Ebay!)

Noticing that I am bruxing on the left molars again, which is frustrating. I find myself grinding during the day, and in the morning as I am waking up but still kinda dozing, I have occasional jaw snaps with a single grind on that side. Putting my dental guard by the bed so if this continues I can pop it in for that last 30 minutes or so in bed. No problems on the right side, but that is where I have somewhat of an open bite.

My husband says I look younger with my braces, so that's a positive! :D
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Re: Braces after Jaw Fracture at Age 56!

#6 Postby EmilyTravels » Sat Sep 02, 2017 4:48 pm

Did a blog post so I would never forget this first week in braces!

http://travelingtwosome.weebly.com/traveling-twosome-blog/just-call-me-brace-face

It really hasn't been as bad as I expected. I rather like my braces as I know they are doing me good and helping me reach my ultimate goal of getting back to normal as much as possible after my accident. And my flossers arrived in the mail today, so I am pumped!
:jump: :jump: :jump: :jump:
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Re: Braces after Jaw Fracture at Age 56!

#7 Postby EmilyTravels » Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:24 am

Three weeks in, and I just had my appointment to have brackets put on four crowned molars plus a wire change. OWIE. She had a hard time opening some of the gates on the self-ligating brackets on the bottom teeth, and it really hurt. Felt like she was pulling my teeth out! She felt bad and didn't know why they were being so stubborn. She said that sometimes tartar can make them harder to open, but that my dental hygiene was impeccable, so that wasn't the problem here.

I pre-medicated with two ibuprofen, but still...ouch! I hope it's not this bad every time. :shock:
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Re: Braces after Jaw Fracture at Age 56!

#8 Postby EmilyTravels » Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:25 am

Four weeks in, and I'm going through a bit of a low period as I can detect almost no changes yet. Perhaps a little on the lower; it appears that the one tooth that was really low has come up a bit, judging from the wire, but there's just not much room for it to move with all the crowding -- and at my age, further extractions are not a possibility (I had my lower canines removed as a pre-teen; they were coming in very low on my jaw). I can't detect any movement on the top at all.

Here is a photo from day 1:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/zcg6z53nq97061y/braceDayAug28_2017.JPG?dl=0

And Day 28:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/yp1etc197pei2oy/DSCN0803_01.JPG?dl=0

My teeth also look yellow now. I don't know if this is from the adhesive or maybe the anti-microbal mouth rinse I've been using, or simply not using whitening toothpaste, as directed by the ortho. tech., for a month. Whatever it is, I don't like it!
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Re: Braces after Jaw Fracture at Age 56!

#9 Postby EmilyTravels » Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:32 pm

Haven't remembered to post here on this thread for awhile but did just do a blog post on my braces experience, now 2.5 months in:

https://travelingtwosome.weebly.com/traveling-twosome-blog/braces-update-25-months-in
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