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by andrewp
Sun Mar 29, 2009 1:36 pm
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: AndrewP has tripled his melt value.
Replies: 29
Views: 10114

I've even had the surgeon who placed my tads say he recommends them over his doing the surgery. Good to see the forums are back online! I think I'm almost done with the tads. Here's a current blurry pic. http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e354/apcphoto/braces/mar2909.jpg It's been rough with them the...
by andrewp
Fri Dec 05, 2008 12:55 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Ear clogged from inflammation in jaw joint???
Replies: 8
Views: 3270

I'm glad to read I'm not alone in this. My ears have been feeling unequalized with the left being the worst. I went to my MD this week and she said there looked to be some fluid in the left but the right looked fine. No sign of infection or anything. She said to take an antihistamine for a week and ...
by andrewp
Sun Nov 16, 2008 8:14 pm
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: AndrewP has tripled his melt value.
Replies: 29
Views: 10114

I can understand opting out of surgery if there's a quicker and less invasive method, though, and your bite is also a lot more regular than mine apart from the open bite issue. I hope this works for you, if not, I can personally attest to it that surgery may not be as bad as it sounds. Except for t...
by andrewp
Wed Nov 12, 2008 4:39 pm
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: AndrewP has tripled his melt value.
Replies: 29
Views: 10114

Two screws replaced today; Another one had loosened. Those orthos that say it's painless really should try it some time. I'm just glad I still had a couple vicodin leftover from when they were installed. Progress has persevered however. Now when I first wake up in the morning I can not stick out my ...
by andrewp
Mon Nov 03, 2008 7:38 pm
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: Wow i'm 26 and just now finally got braces
Replies: 20
Views: 5326

Balance milk cartons in it.

That's what I tell my niece. ;)
by andrewp
Mon Nov 03, 2008 11:57 am
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: AndrewP has tripled his melt value.
Replies: 29
Views: 10114

Yup, screw removed. Get it replaced next week. Horray for eating normal again!
by andrewp
Mon Nov 03, 2008 6:29 am
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: Could use some advice?
Replies: 6
Views: 1778

I wouldn't worry much about aesthetics for the time being. Like you said, just get it over and done with. Forget about how it looks. Besides, some people think braces are sexy. I've read they're a huge fad in China with people even wearing fake braces! I have a ceramic crown on one of my top center ...
by andrewp
Mon Nov 03, 2008 6:17 am
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: Wow i'm 26 and just now finally got braces
Replies: 20
Views: 5326

Just from the pictures it looks like the gap is just from the incisors being straightened where before they were together just because they were tilted towards center. I would think once everything is getting close to where it needs to be it should be a simple matter of closing up the gap with a cha...
by andrewp
Mon Nov 03, 2008 6:04 am
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: AndrewP has tripled his melt value.
Replies: 29
Views: 10114

I wish that's what my screws looked like! On mine the anchor is more rounded but being so small it mimics a point... shredding flesh. The ortho has switched me from powerchains to normal elastic bands that I replace daily to compensate for loss of elasticity which may have contributed to the screw l...
by andrewp
Sat Nov 01, 2008 5:25 pm
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: AndrewP has tripled his melt value.
Replies: 29
Views: 10114

On the plus side there has been unquestionable progress in just over a month.

Today, 1 Nov:

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28 Sept:

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by andrewp
Sat Nov 01, 2008 5:09 pm
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: AndrewP has tripled his melt value.
Replies: 29
Views: 10114

Yeah I'm undecided how I feel about it at this point. It was hard to tell before where it just felt "funny" and where it actually hurt, but now I can definitely call what it is producing pain. From what I've read loose screws can be normal and nothing to be concerned about, unless there's discomfort...
by andrewp
Fri Oct 31, 2008 11:21 am
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: AndrewP has tripled his melt value.
Replies: 29
Views: 10114

ARG. The back right TAD in my palate has loosened. I noticed yesterday it was starting to feel funny and this morning there was clearly something wrong. I got squeezed in today to take a look at it and they've pulled the load off it to let it rest and see if it is still usable. The ortho says if it ...
by andrewp
Tue Oct 21, 2008 9:53 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Black Triangles
Replies: 13
Views: 9788

Alternate top and bottom every other day. One day floss the top, the next floss the bottom. Goes way faster. Maybe do both after a day of starchy foods or something like that. I also just use Ultrafloss and dip the stringy ends in candle wax. Threads a lot faster. I've been getting the black triangl...
by andrewp
Sun Oct 05, 2008 1:21 pm
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: AndrewP has tripled his melt value.
Replies: 29
Views: 10114

I've noticed it is extremely difficult to clean food from around the outer anchors and elastics. This concerns me because they are located right where the tissue transitions from hard keratinized skin to soft elastic flesh. This means the tissue around the anchors will be prone to inflammation and t...
by andrewp
Thu Oct 02, 2008 7:16 pm
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: AndrewP has tripled his melt value.
Replies: 29
Views: 10114

I have a bite! It's been getting better steadily through the day. Nowhere near perfect but the number of foods I can eat just got bigger. Last night I could literally feel the incisor that was pushed out before moving more. I could feel the friction between it and the surrounding teeth give way repe...