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by jesspenguin
Wed Jul 08, 2009 10:48 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Retainers galore!
Replies: 0
Views: 1251

Retainers galore!

I went to my ortho's office this morning to pick up my Essix retainers. I'm really glad I only have to wear them at night. They aren't uncomfortable but they definitely would get in the way of talking and my bite is kind of weird with them on. I'm pretty much used to my bonded retainers at this poin...
by jesspenguin
Mon Jul 06, 2009 10:25 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: How much weight has been lost since being braced?
Replies: 26
Views: 4374

My teeth hurt so much the first month or two that I lost almost 20 lbs. I could only chew in the very back with my molars and it took so long to eat most things that I either didn't bother or I gave up after eating a small portion. I ate a lot of soup and drank breakfast shakes because with the stop...
by jesspenguin
Fri Jul 03, 2009 7:06 am
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: jesspenguin
Replies: 2
Views: 1503

Pics!

Here are some before and after pics, as well as pictures of the molds they took at my first appointment. Old teeth http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2624/3684592200_c723807340.jpg New teeth http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2542/3684586460_684cf8272d.jpg Molds http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3643/368459079...
by jesspenguin
Fri Jul 03, 2009 7:05 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Done at last!
Replies: 4
Views: 1291

Pics!

Here are some before and after pics, as well as pictures of the molds they took at my first appointment. Old teeth http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2624/3684592200_c723807340.jpg New teeth http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2542/3684586460_684cf8272d.jpg Molds http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3643/368459079...
by jesspenguin
Thu Jul 02, 2009 5:03 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Rubberbands.. OUCH!
Replies: 14
Views: 7066

I feel for you. Wearing elastics is definitely not fun, but they can make a lot of progress. The next time you see your ortho definitely ask questions! They aren't going to always spell everything out for you, and you need to be informed about what's going on with your treatment. The more you know t...
by jesspenguin
Wed Jul 01, 2009 10:02 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Done at last!
Replies: 4
Views: 1291

I'm still not used to not having anything on my teeth (on the front at least). I still find myself checking for food that got stuck or making sure my elastics are still there. Brushing for the first time felt so strange because the brush just slid so smoothly across my teeth instead of meeting resis...
by jesspenguin
Wed Jul 01, 2009 6:21 am
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: jesspenguin
Replies: 2
Views: 1503

So I just got my braces off this morning. It feels so great to finally be free of them and my teeth look awesome :)

I'll be posting some pictures later this evening once I get home from work. I have the pictures from my first consultation and also I can take pictures of the first molds they took.
by jesspenguin
Wed Jul 01, 2009 6:15 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Done at last!
Replies: 4
Views: 1291

Done at last!

I just had my brackets removed two hours ago. I still can't believe that I have such great looking teeth now. They don't even feel like mine :) Removing the brackets was quick and mostly painless. Removing the cement was a little more tedious and annoying, but it wasn't too bad. I go back next Wedne...
by jesspenguin
Wed Jul 01, 2009 6:07 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Finished
Replies: 1
Views: 1085

Congrats! I just got mine off about two hours ago. It is a great feeling :)
by jesspenguin
Tue Jun 30, 2009 10:36 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: advise: dating prospect at the most inopportune time!
Replies: 6
Views: 1354

You should definitely go for it! He obviously likes you for who you are, and you shouldn't give up the opportunity. I was in the same position as you, single for a year and a half before I got braces. I thought my dating days were over until I got them off, but a month later (with a missing tooth) I...
by jesspenguin
Tue Jun 30, 2009 10:07 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: First meal after braces
Replies: 28
Views: 11747

I've had only brackets (no wires, ligs) for the last week since I got my permanent retainers. It's strange how things don't get caught nearly as much, and it's going to be really odd when there's nothing there at all. Now that I've had a taste of how great it is to brush/floss with no wires, I can't...
by jesspenguin
Tue Jun 30, 2009 6:36 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: First meal after braces
Replies: 28
Views: 11747

First meal after braces

So, my braces are supposed to come off tomorrow morning around 7am. I've been thinking for a long time about what I want to eat that I haven't been able to with braces. Most things I've managed to eat just fine, usually by cutting them into little pieces, but there is one thing that I decided I woul...
by jesspenguin
Mon Jun 29, 2009 7:57 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Having a bad Monday!
Replies: 1
Views: 557

You'll definitely be fine if you miss one or two brushings. As long as you keep it up the rest of the time one or two missed here and there won't hurt anything. Just try to get the bits of food out as best you can and then go about your normal routine when you get home and it'll all work out.
by jesspenguin
Sun Jun 28, 2009 6:54 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: 7 months in braces and now i am in pain
Replies: 5
Views: 1116

I've had the same issues with jaw/ear pain and headaches wearing elastics and powerchains. Unfortunately it is par for the course for the most part. I try to just relax my jaw as much as possible and take ibuprofen. Eventually it should calm down some. The first week or so after I've gotten somethin...
by jesspenguin
Fri Jun 26, 2009 7:16 am
Forum: The Bracket Club
Topic: 3rd month in....
Replies: 3
Views: 1007

Hah, that should have been March '08, but apparently it decided I needed a cool little smiley instead!