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by iamtheotherme
Tue Nov 11, 2008 8:18 am
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: I am the other me's Journal (2nd adj 10/13/08, new pix pg3)
Replies: 33
Views: 7346

Awww, thanks everyone for your notes! I went for adjustment 3 yesterday. Open, bite, open, bite, hm, then this long string of numbers. I waited for him to get done, then asked about what we could do about the lower gap. He says, "so, do you want it bigger or smaller?" I told him I can only fit rice ...
by iamtheotherme
Fri Nov 07, 2008 2:38 pm
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: Grutty's story: braced at 40 - NEW three month pics page 3
Replies: 39
Views: 9910

It is reassuring to know that you are going through the same stage that I am, I guess they have to spread our teeth out to untangle them before they pull them in? :Questions: That's almost exactly how my ortho described the "getting worse before it gets better" stage. I think he used the word "unra...
by iamtheotherme
Wed Nov 05, 2008 8:31 am
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: Braced Very Late - 6 months and counting! new pix
Replies: 54
Views: 11037

So, what foods are you getting stuck in your gap these days? It's closing up pretty well; you'll be down to sesame seeds or single kernels of rice soon. :) My own lower gap traps rice and vermicelli as if each bit has a magnet in it. Classy. Yup, I'm bored of it all, too. Adjustment #3 is next Monda...
by iamtheotherme
Fri Oct 31, 2008 11:55 am
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: Memran's story... [its not so bad, I guess..]
Replies: 96
Views: 25735

I think Mr. Twisty has made a little progress between those last two pictures. Look carefully at the angle between Mr. Twisty's bracket and the lateral tooth in front if him. In the first picture, the angle looks like almost 90 degrees. In the second, it looks more like 60 degrees. Come on, Mr. T! I...
by iamtheotherme
Tue Oct 28, 2008 5:15 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: I Broke A Bracket Already
Replies: 7
Views: 1065

My first bracket "incident" started in the car on the way home from getting the braces on. At the first stop light after his office, I felt and heard a little crack. I thought for sure it was the inevitable sounds of movement I was going to hear over the next year. Once I got back to work, 45 minute...
by iamtheotherme
Mon Oct 27, 2008 8:43 am
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: Grutty's story: braced at 40 - NEW three month pics page 3
Replies: 39
Views: 9910

Look at all that movement you got! Do you see how straight your wire is now? That's awesome. I'm glad to hear your irritation cleared up too. I am in lock-step with you in the "worse before better" stage. I had crowdy teeth for all my adult life, now I have gaps all over the place. My lower front fo...
by iamtheotherme
Wed Oct 22, 2008 1:34 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Any financial guru's? FSA, savings & braces
Replies: 24
Views: 3870

I use FSA for my braces too, which is the only help I get since my dental insurance doesn't cover adult orthodontics (boo!). Our plan works very similarly to sherilynn's and lilblackdress', except for a couple details. It is reimbursement plan, so I have to pay for the service first, then fill out p...
by iamtheotherme
Sat Oct 18, 2008 8:31 am
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: Melissa's Journey - New update & pic pg. 14
Replies: 256
Views: 70614

You have fantastic teeth, Melissa. If my teeth looked even 20% like yours when I'm done this adventure, I'd be a very happy woman.

Promise that before you get rebraced, you'll eat some corn-on-the-cob, love it, then not tell me about it cuz I'd get too jealous? :lol:
by iamtheotherme
Sat Oct 18, 2008 8:23 am
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: I am the other me's Journal (2nd adj 10/13/08, new pix pg3)
Replies: 33
Views: 7346

I am woefully behind in my updating! I had my second adjustment on Monday. It went by almost too fast! He peeked in, bite-open-bite-open, said "This is going way better than I anticipated," and told the assistant to do the same configuration I had. So, I got new, clean ligs (I went with silver on bo...
by iamtheotherme
Thu Oct 09, 2008 8:59 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: No Pain... No moving??
Replies: 7
Views: 1148

[The starter wire's] function is to start tipping the crowns of your teeth into alignment, but they do not move the roots of the teeth. Sorry to thread-jack, but I don't get how the crowns can move but the roots don't as well. I've heard this said before, but I just don't get the physics of how tha...
by iamtheotherme
Tue Oct 07, 2008 2:34 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Ear clogged from inflammation in jaw joint???
Replies: 8
Views: 3235

Me too, Kittenmaisey. I don't remember a time in my life when I haven't had trouble with my right ear. It feels stuffy all. the. time. :yuck: In my case, Sudafed and whatever doesn't make much difference in the day-to-day pain and stuffiness (but if I do have allergies, the Sudafed does make it feel...
by iamtheotherme
Thu Oct 02, 2008 8:13 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: is my ortho a sadist??
Replies: 16
Views: 2840

I don't have more sensitivity or pain than other people, but I do have a long-standing dental phobia about pain during procedures that was not acknowledged. It kept me out of the dentist's chair for many, many years. Getting braces was, and is, the ultimate test of my personal strength. My dentist, ...
by iamtheotherme
Thu Oct 02, 2008 7:52 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: random jaw/teeth 'crashing together' ???? hard to describe!
Replies: 19
Views: 5162

Happens to me all the time! I used to do this before braces, but now my teeth smack together because I have no idea where they are in relation to one another anymore. I smiled in the mirror yesterday, saw this weird white thing in my mouth, and went "Holy crap! What is that?!?!" It was my canine now...
by iamtheotherme
Thu Oct 02, 2008 6:34 am
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: Melissa's Journey - New update & pic pg. 14
Replies: 256
Views: 70614

Good for you for taking charge of your care. I know that's a huge load off your mind. And saving money on implants? That's just icing on the cake. I was thrilled to death when my ortho said he could close the spot my dentist had planned for a bridge or implant. I did feel a little bad about my denti...
by iamtheotherme
Fri Sep 19, 2008 2:27 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Crossbite progress..questions for crossbiters
Replies: 7
Views: 1130

I have a crossbite on my right second molars. They've shifted enough so that now they're meeting point-to-point. It's bad enough that no other teeth meet for chewing while those teeth do that, but I grind hard at night, so those poor little points are really getting crunched. I plan to ask the ortho...