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by uncleezno
Fri Jun 16, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Relapse after Moving Away from my Ortho
Replies: 0
Views: 437

Relapse after Moving Away from my Ortho

Hi All, I underwent braces and a LeFort II a while back, and completed most of my treatment last year - I had a rear bonded wire placed on my bottom teeth last April and was given my retainers to wear. I started with an Essix, but my molars weren't touching so I asked for and received a hawley. The ...
by uncleezno
Tue May 24, 2016 8:22 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Four Weeks Post-removal and Molars Don't Touch
Replies: 2
Views: 1239

Four Weeks Post-removal and Molars Don't Touch

Hi All, Generally happy with my results - 18 months of braces, upper jaw surgery, and 7 more months of braces, and my teeth look good. They looked fine before, but now they look even better, and more importantly, I have a functional bite....until last night. While getting ready for bed, I noticed th...
by uncleezno
Mon Jan 25, 2016 9:32 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Permanent Retainer
Replies: 12
Views: 3439

Re: Permanent Retainer

If you're going permanent, consider doing the bottom only. I think the general consensus is they do the best job at preventing tooth movement but are harder to clean around. Some people have tons of cavities without ever dealing with braces and retainers, and some people don't. If you did a good job...
by uncleezno
Mon Jan 25, 2016 9:29 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Anyone know any good surgeon in Connecticut?
Replies: 15
Views: 1622

Re: Anyone know any good surgeon in Connecticut?

Like the other posters have said, it's hard to rank surgeons. That being said, there are absolutely good surgeons and bad surgeons, and you have no real way of knowing what you're getting until it's too late. Trust me, I'm married to one and I'm the child of two :D Good news, though - I'm from CT an...
by uncleezno
Mon Nov 23, 2015 11:44 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Anthem BCBS and Orthognathic Surgery
Replies: 14
Views: 3955

Re: Anthem BCBS and Orthognathic Surgery

I also went through Anthem BCBS for my jaw surgery. Like SirWired said, it varies state by state and plan by plan. If you meet the guidelines for medical necessity, even if your plan doesn't cover maxillofacial surgery, I recommend trying for the preapproval and fighting them every inch of the way i...
by uncleezno
Mon Nov 09, 2015 11:34 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Purely Aesthetic Gum Contouring After Braces/Surgery
Replies: 2
Views: 945

Purely Aesthetic Gum Contouring After Braces/Surgery

Hi All, I've been looking around on the boards, and the threads that mention gum contouring / crown lengthening all are related to crowns. I'm 2-3 months out from having my braces removed post-jaw surgery, and lowering my upper jaw has exposed a lot of my upper gum around some of the teeth. I'm fort...
by uncleezno
Mon Nov 09, 2015 11:22 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: how many teeth show when you smile?
Replies: 16
Views: 10481

Re: how many teeth show when you smile?

I've been thinking about this question myself lately! I'm three months out from my upper jaw surgery, swelling is mostly gone, and I was told I'll be done with the braces in another two or three months. Cosmetically I was fine before braces/surgery as I'd had braces as a child. Widening my upper jaw...
by uncleezno
Fri Sep 25, 2015 4:06 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: August/September surgery buddies
Replies: 121
Views: 6691

Re: August/September surgery buddies

No plugged ears here, slewmissy. 7 weeks post-op and I thankfully never had to deal with that particular issue. Hoping the swelling above my upper lip goes down soon - my teeth look great, but it's frankly ugly when I smile because of how far that part of my face is sticking out. 7 weeks down means ...
by uncleezno
Fri Sep 18, 2015 8:33 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Ready for Surgery!
Replies: 3
Views: 325

Re: Ready for Surgery!

One thing to be aware of - there's no monolithic 'Anthem'. There's more than a dozen, usually one per state, and on top of that, your plan can be completely different from someone else using the same Anthem provider as you. As others have said, pre-auth will let you know what will be covered. If, li...
by uncleezno
Fri Sep 18, 2015 8:31 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: August/September surgery buddies
Replies: 121
Views: 6691

Re: August/September surgery buddies

Hi All, Went back for my six-week followup and got the second piece of the upper splint removed. I was convinced it would be full of food, but there was nothing there. Instead, all the gunk was between my teeth :| So happy to be able to really brush and floss up there again! The surgeon said he'd se...
by uncleezno
Fri Sep 11, 2015 9:04 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: August/September surgery buddies
Replies: 121
Views: 6691

Re: August/September surgery buddies

Ijeko, I can only speak to the kind of splint I've got which is a two-piece. There was a part that covered the front of my teeth and attached via wires to a bigger piece that covers the back of my teeth. Removing the front piece was easy, a few quick wire snips. Apparently removing the back piece, w...
by uncleezno
Wed Sep 09, 2015 11:32 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Getting food caught in splint
Replies: 5
Views: 1173

Re: Getting food caught in splint

Yeah, it's gross for a little while. I just rinsed for 10 minutes after every meal. At the 2-week followup when they removed the first half of the splint, my surgeon commented I'd done a great job keeping it clean, so that was nice to hear. Looking forward to getting the second piece off next week!
by uncleezno
Wed Sep 09, 2015 11:31 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: August/September surgery buddies
Replies: 121
Views: 6691

Re: August/September surgery buddies

Slewmissy, sorry you're having such a rough go of it. It only gets better, though, and the early days are definitely the roughest. Are you in the UK or the US? If you're stateside, you can definitely just call your surgeon and get a new Rx for more pain meds. Have you tried asking for more? I only h...
by uncleezno
Wed Sep 09, 2015 11:29 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: August/September surgery buddies
Replies: 121
Views: 6691

Re: August/September surgery buddies

Ijeko, I had the same procedure done as you and my only advice is to rinse like a madman after any meal. I probably spent 10 minutes rinsing after eating any foods for the first two weeks, then once they took off the first half of the splint, keeping my mouth clean got easier. Good luck!
by uncleezno
Wed Aug 26, 2015 6:23 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: August/September surgery buddies
Replies: 121
Views: 6691

Re: August/September surgery buddies

Hi Guys, It's been two and a half weeks since I had my LeFort 1 on the upper jaw. Got the front piece of my splint off last Friday, and five more weeks to go until they take off the back piece. Everything looks good, and it is very unusual to have my teeth fitting together the way they do - the corr...