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by switchblades
Wed Feb 10, 2010 10:43 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: How long did you...
Replies: 36
Views: 10172

My orthodontist told me 24/7 for at least 3 months, but I cheated a bit as I was working at a busy mall over Christmas and wasn't able to stop to brush my teeth every time I needed to take a drink of something, so I would take them out a few hours here and a few there after about 2 months, now I onl...
by switchblades
Mon Nov 09, 2009 9:09 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Hawley retainer questions (pics)
Replies: 4
Views: 6622

It only took like 5 days for my Hawley's to be made...and he left the braces on until they came in.

I am noticing one of my upper laterals is starting to tip outward a bit though.
by switchblades
Mon Nov 02, 2009 7:36 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: six month smile - should I tell them?
Replies: 13
Views: 2775

I am not a teacher, but I'm a Program Leader with the YMCA lunchtime and after school programs, and the kids all think it's neat that I have retainers. One girl today said she is getting retainers this Thursday, and is scared, but then she saw mine and wasn't scared anymore! It was sweet. She was 9 ...
by switchblades
Sun Oct 25, 2009 7:28 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Asymmetrical bottom arch? (w/ pic)
Replies: 7
Views: 1752

That is something that could be either the teeth being uneven, or a jaw alignment issue. Mine was a little of both, but I opted away from surgery to correct my bite. I'd recommend talking to your ortho :)
by switchblades
Fri Oct 23, 2009 2:28 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Help! Pain after more than a week?
Replies: 2
Views: 942

Ah, thanks! I am having trouble with things like bagels and stuff that's not super hard, but kind of chewy. I haven't even attempted anything super hard...everything has been cut up into litle pieces but my molars are a bit sore too. This is putting a big damper on being debraced!
by switchblades
Fri Oct 23, 2009 5:44 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Help! Pain after more than a week?
Replies: 2
Views: 942

Help! Pain after more than a week?

Hi there, I got my braces off last Thursday (go me! hehe) and I'm still experiencing a lot of pain and can't bite into things. Is this normal, or should I get int ouch with my ortho? It's really bothering me because a) tooth and jaw pain sucks! and b) I'm getting kind of sick of the soft-foods diet ...
by switchblades
Fri Oct 23, 2009 5:38 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Wireless for one week!
Replies: 7
Views: 1237

I get you on the getting older in braces thing! I got mine on halfway through my last semester of university. So I am grinning ear-to-ear with a face full of metal in my university yearbook, when I didn't even have braces in my Jr High one! I look 12! haha Probably a smart thing for him to not give ...
by switchblades
Thu Oct 22, 2009 8:56 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: And they're OFFFFFFFFFFFF!!!!!!!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 2136

Re: And they're OFFFFFFFFFFFF!!!!!!!!!

They look great, you must be very pleased. I get debraced in exactly 14 days (2 years and 4 days) and cannot wait although I am getting a bit nervous about the actual debanding. Did it hurt getting them off? These things are stuck on so fast that I can't imagine how they will come off so easily. I ...
by switchblades
Thu Oct 22, 2009 8:46 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: What a Year Can Do!!!
Replies: 20
Views: 3077

Re: What a Year Can Do!!!

One year ago I was diagnosed with severe TMJ because of a deep overbite and because of so much crowding in my lower left jaw I was at risk of losing a one if not more teeth. Cosmetically, my teeth didn't look horrible, but to my orthodontist they were a nightmare. One year later, he is amazed by th...
by switchblades
Thu Oct 22, 2009 8:40 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Wireless for one week!
Replies: 7
Views: 1237

Glad to hear everything worked out okay! How was your birthday? Good luck with the new ortho!
by switchblades
Thu Oct 22, 2009 8:37 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: A few questions about my orthodontic treatment...photos
Replies: 2
Views: 881

1. Yes. A lot of people on the board have had great sucess with the correction of crossbite with elastics. Keep in mind that your muscles are still getting used to the new position of your jaw, and the elastics will help train them to work how they are supposed to. 2. Again, from what I've read, yes...
by switchblades
Tue Oct 20, 2009 8:20 pm
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: Switchblades' Braces Story - Updated 12/17 (New Pics p.2)
Replies: 56
Views: 19029

Thanks so much everyone!

Miranda86: Good luck tomorrow! It's SO worth it in the end :D
by switchblades
Tue Oct 20, 2009 8:18 pm
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: The Martin Boyce Story - NEW PICS - 7th ADJUSTMENT TODAY
Replies: 368
Views: 78132

I had the same issue with my lower incisors, they were all over the place, and one of my lower canines was all out of whack too. The ortho used a funny little device to crimp the wire upward/downward on either side of the tooth and was able to bring several of my teeth up and down as needed. He only...
by switchblades
Tue Oct 20, 2009 8:12 pm
Forum: The Bracket Club
Topic: Hello Everybody!!! 23 and getting braced in 5 days!!!
Replies: 2
Views: 1168

Hi there, congrats on the big day tomorrow! I got mine on last October when I was 22, and got them off last week. Mine were split up for a few reasons; I got my uppers on in October and then my lowers in December because of my bite. My upper teeth overlap my lowers because I have a pretty bad overbi...
by switchblades
Tue Oct 20, 2009 8:03 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: braces are off... now a retainer
Replies: 2
Views: 1628

I was told 24/7 wear for minimum 3 months, but also got my braces off earlier than expected. My ortho's assistant told me to brush them wtih a soft brush and either denture cleaning foam or mouthwash after each meal. I usually give them a soak in half-and-half solution of mouthwash and lukewarm wate...