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by ellen
Wed Apr 13, 2011 9:12 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: DEBRACED!!!!!
Replies: 10
Views: 1865

DEBRACED!!!!!

After 23 months, I am finally debraced! :dance: :dance: :dance: I am so happy I went through with braces. It was totally worth it.
by ellen
Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:00 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Body dysmorphic
Replies: 4
Views: 1329

Re: Body dysmorphic

Is it possible that you're face has changed simply due to growing older? Many people see their face thin out in their 20s from loss of baby fat. Or maybe your face has changed from excessive dieting?
by ellen
Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:42 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: For newbies and potential newbies
Replies: 7
Views: 1252

For newbies and potential newbies

Now that I'm an old pro and about to be debraced (!), I'd like to share some advice: 1) no one cares that you have braces but you (and your brace buddies!). The best defense is a good offense. I showed off my braces immediately to everyone I knew to avoid those awkward stares. 2) lots of people will...
by ellen
Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:17 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Hawley or Essix retainer? I can't decide...
Replies: 18
Views: 6348

Re: Hawley or Essix retainer? I can't decide...

I'm getting debanded next week (!) and will find out then which retainer I will get. I have an essix for the top now which I only wear at night (I only have braces on the bottom teeth), and it's fine. You have to take the essix out to eat and drink anything other than water, but I suppose you have t...
by ellen
Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:11 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Think I made a Mistake...
Replies: 21
Views: 8846

Re: Think I made a Mistake...

First of all, go with the ortho you have the most confidence in. The first ortho I went to would have been partially covered by my dental insurance but he wanted to pull a front bottom tooth which I did not want to do. the second ortho was much more expensive but she straightened my teeth without ex...
by ellen
Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:01 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Rotation of canine :(
Replies: 4
Views: 1351

Re: Rotation of canine :(

my bottom canine took almost 2 years to rotate, and it rotated so slowly that the only way I could tell it was moving was to compare it to the "before" photo. My other teeth moved much quicker - one of my front bottom teeth that was behind two other teeth moved into place overnight. Apparently canin...
by ellen
Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:58 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Is my Orthodontist an idiot?
Replies: 21
Views: 6514

Re: Is my Orthodontist an idiot?

I'm having a bonded retainer put on my bottom teeth a few days before the braces come off (I have metal braces on the bottom teeth and an essix retainer on top teeth). The morning that my braces come off the ortho will do impressions for the retainers and I have an appointment to come back later tha...
by ellen
Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:47 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Less than 24 hours before braces
Replies: 14
Views: 1985

Re: Less than 24 hours before braces

Hi, Chuck - congrats on getting your braces! You're probably second-guessing your decision right now - the first few days are the worst, esp. the sores on your cheeks. Use lots of wax, rinse often and your cheeks will toughen up and you'll hardly notice your braces. But when you start to see your te...
by ellen
Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:43 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: For those who have been de-braced or are about to be...
Replies: 11
Views: 1766

Re: For those who have been de-braced or are about to be...

Vas - I'm getting the bonded retainer on the bottom teeth this coming Friday and getting debraced the following Wednesday. So yes, I'll have both for a few days, which makes sense to me, I don't want to give my teeth any opportunity to move again. This was my second AND LAST time in braces!!! Bookfa...
by ellen
Fri Apr 01, 2011 3:30 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Got my debracing date!!!
Replies: 6
Views: 1426

Re: Got my debracing date!!!

My ortho estimated 2 years give or take 6 months - so she really gave herself a wide margin. My debanding date is 23 months from when I got the braces on.
by ellen
Fri Apr 01, 2011 9:07 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Getting braces next week
Replies: 20
Views: 3006

Re: Getting braces next week

Good luck with the braces! It will go so much faster than you can imagine - and you'll be so happy that you went through with it when you start seeing how great your teeth can look!
by ellen
Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:54 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Got my debracing date!!!
Replies: 6
Views: 1426

Got my debracing date!!!

Braces come off in less than 2 weeks!!! I remember when I first got my braces, almost 2 years ago, and found this website and read the posts from those who were finishing up and thought my day would never come. But it went by so much faster than I thought. To all the newbies and potential newbies: D...
by ellen
Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:44 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: For those who have been de-braced or are about to be...
Replies: 11
Views: 1766

Re: For those who have been de-braced or are about to be...

I was told 4 weeks ago that I was "close." When I came in today, my ortho said my braces were ready to come off!!! :jump: She debands only once a month, and the next debanding date is April 13 so I will have mine off in less than 2 weeks!!! Next week I will have a bonded retainer put on the bottom t...
by ellen
Wed Jun 23, 2010 12:49 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: I love my braces....
Replies: 12
Views: 5455

I love my braces, too. And I am the most pessamistic person alive, but in the year + with my braces I have yet to complain. I don't mind the pain, because it means my teeth are moving. In fact, I'm disappointed when my teeth don't hurt because I think they're not moving. I am SOOOO happy with my dec...
by ellen
Mon May 17, 2010 1:24 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: great lig color for metal brackets
Replies: 5
Views: 1623

great lig color for metal brackets

I always choose silver ligs to blend in with my metal brackets. Today the tech didn't have silver so I opted for light gray. I like this color much better, it makes the brackets look smaller.