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by kvs2800
Sat Oct 03, 2009 1:47 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: I got ceramic braces with metal rings
Replies: 6
Views: 1850

Sounds like we might have the same type. I can't remember what mine are called but they're ceramic 3ms that are self-litigating. On mine, it looks like there's a thin piece of metal holding the wire on either side of each bracket. This is the self-litigating piece. If you read the boards, you'll see...
by kvs2800
Sat May 23, 2009 8:07 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Adult Thumb Sucker and Life After Braces?
Replies: 4
Views: 4685

I just saw this thread and felt like maybe I could contribute some insight or at least share my story. I'm in my 2nd go around with braces. 12 years ago I was braced at the age of 12 and was still very much sucking my thumb. Luckily my habit didn't interfere with my social life too much as I mostly ...
by kvs2800
Tue May 19, 2009 10:15 am
Forum: The Bracket Club
Topic: Bite Plate and Rubber Bands
Replies: 2
Views: 3658

Well I think I've narrowed my appliance down to a Rick-a-nator. Based on pictures and some descriptions I've seen that seems to be it. It's like a skate park ramp in my mouth! Seriously, it used to make my bottom teeth but right up against the bottom of my top teeth, thus forcing an open/almost unde...
by kvs2800
Sun May 17, 2009 4:10 pm
Forum: The Bracket Club
Topic: Bite Plate and Rubber Bands
Replies: 2
Views: 3658

Bite Plate and Rubber Bands

I'm in month 5 of braces and things have been going swimmingly until... the dreaded bite plate. I assume that's what I have after doing some research on the boards. It's a plastic piece that sits behind my front upper teeth and is permanently attacted to my molar bands. I do have to say that after h...
by kvs2800
Fri Apr 24, 2009 1:28 pm
Forum: The Bracket Club
Topic: Lisssssssp
Replies: 2
Views: 1082

Lisssssssp

I haven't been on in awhile since everything had been going great. Just to recap: I got top braces on in January '09 and the game plan was to have top braces only for 6 months, then an appliance to change my bite and the top braces for 6 months and finally another 6 months with both top and bottom b...
by kvs2800
Fri Feb 13, 2009 6:17 am
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: Tommm's story
Replies: 105
Views: 31807

Both my current ortho and my previous ortho team (metal the 1st time, ceramic now) have said that as long as the gum is sugarless, I'm chewing smaller pieces, and I don't bite down on a hard shell that it's ok. My current Dr. even suggested chewing it to reduce my clenching and TMJ issues. I think e...
by kvs2800
Thu Feb 12, 2009 4:49 pm
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: Tommm's story
Replies: 105
Views: 31807

Tommm, I've been following your story on here and see that you're anxiously awaiting movement. I thought that I would report that 2 days shy of a month, I've had significant movement in the past 2 days. The lateral incisor that was my biggest complaint on my top set of teeth was tipped outwards (act...
by kvs2800
Thu Feb 12, 2009 6:51 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: CLENCHING
Replies: 8
Views: 967

I am a chronic clencher/grinder. Here are a few things I've found that help: I chew gum as well. My ortho told me that as long as it was sugarless and I didn't bite down as soon as I put it in (let it warm up a little) I could safely chew a smaller peice of it. I really like the Orbit whitening ones...
by kvs2800
Wed Feb 04, 2009 8:18 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: How long will braces affect that way you talk?
Replies: 9
Views: 5815

I echo the sentiments of previous posters. I'd also like to suggest that if you're worried about speech impediments the best defense is practice. I have ceramic uppers only and just got them 3 weeks ago and have noticed that I tend to sound the same but I notice that I move my bottom jaw much more t...
by kvs2800
Mon Feb 02, 2009 2:03 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: I'm anxious - braces come off in 2 days! (final wired pics)
Replies: 5
Views: 1442

Congrats, Chicklets! You must be very excited. I'm just starting round two of the journey but already I've been concerned about some staining. I was drinking orange soda the other day and my teeth looked so orange. I was away from home and didn't have a brush with me at the time so I had some water ...
by kvs2800
Sun Feb 01, 2009 8:41 pm
Forum: The Bracket Club
Topic: Eating
Replies: 6
Views: 1066

I'm in week 3 with braces and trust me, it definitely gets easier. You just have to be more considerate of what you eat. For instance, you can eat a burger but it's probably best (and easier) to cut it up with a fork and knife first. Eating smaller bites helps you to bypass your front teeth thus pre...
by kvs2800
Fri Jan 30, 2009 6:50 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Wanting/needing braces, but can't afford them, losing hope..
Replies: 22
Views: 21093

You may want to consider going to a dental school for treatment (maybe the local university?) I have a few friends who have done this over the years and their results have been very comparable to those of people who went to some of the most expensive orthos in town. The one drawback is you might not...
by kvs2800
Fri Jan 30, 2009 6:41 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Starting a new job with braces!!
Replies: 5
Views: 1002

Wow! I'm glad that there's someone else who can relate to be "so and so's daughter." I have worked during the summers and now full time at the same office as my mom and some of the people here have known me for 10-15 years (I'm 23 now). A few of them may even remember my first go around with braces ...
by kvs2800
Wed Jan 28, 2009 3:59 am
Forum: The Bracket Club
Topic: How to tell people
Replies: 16
Views: 3225

I hear the price varies GREATLY depending on where you live. I live in Ohio so our prices are probably a little cheaper than either of the coasts or large metro areas. All total it was $5900 but my insurance luckily covers $2k.
by kvs2800
Tue Jan 27, 2009 7:24 pm
Forum: The Bracket Club
Topic: Thinking of changing my mind???
Replies: 20
Views: 3652

Good for you, Rachel! I considered backing out after my consultation (even after paying a deposit) but I guess I knew that if I didn't do it now, in 1, 5, 10 years I would consider it again and by that point I could have been done or almost done.