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by Takako
Mon Nov 28, 2011 6:05 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Calling All Hawley Retainer Wearers--Help Please.
Replies: 5
Views: 5329

Re: Calling All Hawley Retainer Wearers--Help Please.

My ortho told me the ONLY proper way was using the two loops. I have two loops on my top hawley above my canines, and similar loops over my bottom canines. I push down on the loops to get the top off, and push up on the bottoms to get the bottom out. I was told never to take the retainer out by push...
by Takako
Mon Nov 28, 2011 5:57 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: All Finished! Before and Afters!
Replies: 12
Views: 3862

All Finished! Before and Afters!

I'm ALL DONE hurray!

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After almost THREE years with an estimate of two -_- BUT definitely worth every minute and every penny. My treatment cost me $4,500. I have upper and lower hawleys now. I'm totally satisfied with my results!
by Takako
Mon Nov 28, 2011 5:49 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Nervous about debanding?
Replies: 8
Views: 1613

Re: Nervous about debanding?

Mine did NOT feel like they were "ripped off" either. Is there pressure? Is it not the BEST feeling in the world? Well duh, yeah. But it did not feel like my teeth were being torn out of my mouth or anything like that at all. Press against one of your teeth right now a little. That's about how it fe...
by Takako
Mon Nov 28, 2011 5:44 pm
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: MY Braces Journey, 02-16-09 --> ??
Replies: 81
Views: 27466

Re: MY Braces Journey, 02-16-09 --> ??

I'm FREE!

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I don't lisp very badly with my retainers in either, which is good since I work in retail right now.
by Takako
Sun Nov 13, 2011 8:26 pm
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: MY Braces Journey, 02-16-09 --> ??
Replies: 81
Views: 27466

Re: MY Braces Journey, 02-16-09 --> ??

Congratulations! Your teeth look wonderful! Do you have a picture of your final wire? We all are dying to see it! :D It's honestly SO boring lol! Maybe tonight after I brush real good I'll take a photo cause... TOMORROW MY BOTTOMS COME OFF! YAAAY! My bottoms will be all done! I got my molds taken t...
by Takako
Sun Nov 13, 2011 8:25 pm
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: MY Braces Journey, 02-16-09 --> ??
Replies: 81
Views: 27466

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One thing I can confirm for SURE is that the recessed gum I had on my lower right front incisor is really, truly getting better! This is likely due to better dental hygiene and keeping plaque away from it. It has basically healed all on its own nearly up to where the tooth beside it is! And to thin...
by Takako
Tue May 31, 2011 10:23 pm
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: MY Braces Journey, 02-16-09 --> ??
Replies: 81
Views: 27466

Re: MY Braces Journey, 02-16-09 --> ??

OMG I got my finishing wire today!! So excited! Hurts though XD Thin wire with a bunch of kinks put in it to make my teeth all line up along their edges. WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!
by Takako
Sun May 29, 2011 12:47 pm
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: MY Braces Journey, 02-16-09 --> ??
Replies: 81
Views: 27466

Re: MY Braces Journey, 02-16-09 --> ??

I only get positive reactions and curiosity from kids :D "What's on your teeth" is the most common question I get, and I explain they are called braces, and they are making my teeth straight. The kids love the colors and they'll notice when you get them changed!
by Takako
Sun May 29, 2011 12:44 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: essix and pregnancy ??
Replies: 2
Views: 2663

Re: essix and pregnancy ??

It's just plastic. You'll be fine. Plastic is not the evil, poisonous monster some people make it out to be. The plastic used for essix retainers is safe to be in your body and does not leak chemicals into your mouth. If it did, it would not be legal.
by Takako
Sun May 29, 2011 12:26 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Second day in braces
Replies: 26
Views: 12740

Re: Second day in braces

Dont' worry, it gets better and the pain goes away :D I can pretty much eat anything these days.
by Takako
Thu May 12, 2011 8:02 pm
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: MY Braces Journey, 02-16-09 --> ??
Replies: 81
Views: 27466

Re: MY Braces Journey, 02-16-09 --> ??

I graduated to thicker elastics at my last appointment! My open bite on the left and right is almost gone! Wonky tooth is still tipped inward but my ortho must not think it's that big of a deal so I've stopped worrying about it. My bite feels GREAT.
by Takako
Wed Mar 16, 2011 1:58 pm
Forum: The Bracket Club
Topic: Crib, not made for sleeping.
Replies: 5
Views: 3765

Re: Crib, not made for sleeping.

The crib is to stop you from sucking your thumb, isn't it? You've got something like this, I suspect: http://library.thinkquest.org/5029/mjpho12.jpg It is eeevil looking but it's to stop your thumb sucking habit! No point straightening your teeth if you're going to stick your thumb in there! And you...
by Takako
Wed Mar 16, 2011 1:54 pm
Forum: The Bracket Club
Topic: Braces with Gastric Band
Replies: 2
Views: 1268

Re: Braces with Gastric Band

My mom also has a band, so I know exactly what you're talking about. Your diet the first few days after adjustments should remind you of your diet the first few weeks after your band went it! Liquids, soft foods, etc. Protein shakes to the rescue! Once your mouth stops hurting, chewing is not an iss...
by Takako
Wed Mar 16, 2011 1:47 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Braces r off!
Replies: 3
Views: 1819

Re: Braces r off!

If you were braced after puberty, then you wear retainers for as long as you want your teeth to be straight! Adults have a high chance of relapse. I've been told that when I do get retainers, it will be 24/7 for a certain amount of time, and then at night for the rest of my life - or until I want cr...
by Takako
Wed Mar 16, 2011 1:45 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Do your teeth move right after adjustment?
Replies: 6
Views: 2965

Re: Do your teeth move right after adjustment?

My teeth FLEW through my mouth when I first got braces! Whoosh! One tooth literally shot up at least a centimeter in 4-8 weeks! I could almost stare in the mirror and watch them move lol. It's totally normal in the beginning of treatment! Now I'm at the end of treatment and I swear my teeth swapped ...