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by fosterp
Tue Feb 04, 2014 1:01 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Post extractions - Dished in mouth!
Replies: 22
Views: 4115

Re: Post extractions - Dished in mouth!

Considering this forum is pretty much the only forum on the internet that is exclusively about braces - the idea of "alternative" orthodontics spamming this board with advertisements disguised as patient horror stories is pretty lucrative. It's free, its pretty much guaranteed that anyone doing any ...
by fosterp
Sat Feb 01, 2014 2:01 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: crossbite elastics: how good and fast do they work?
Replies: 13
Views: 9970

Re: crossbite elastics: how good and fast do they work?

I had a crossbite similar to yours on one side. I could see the difference after about a month, and after 3 months my ortho said he was "satisfied" with the correction. As far as surgery - if I could go back and do it again I would have done the surgery (if money wasn't an issue). SARPE isn't the mo...
by fosterp
Sat Feb 01, 2014 1:55 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Is it normal to have an uneven gum line?
Replies: 4
Views: 2855

Re: Is it normal to have an uneven gum line?

Obviously its not the aesthetic ideal - but its not unusual. It could be caused by difference in the gumline, or a mandibular can't (jaw not perfectly horizontal), or one tooth more erupted than the other. Whether or not you can fix it depends on the cause, but I certainly wouldn't worry too much ab...
by fosterp
Sat Feb 01, 2014 1:46 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Am I making the right decision?
Replies: 12
Views: 1258

Re: Am I making the right decision?

You aren't committed to one person just because you have had x-rays. If you paid for the x-rays, then that office is obligated to release them to whomever you ask them to. If they took them for their own diagnostics (as in, you didn't pay for the consultation) then you can ask them, although if they...
by fosterp
Sat Feb 01, 2014 1:05 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Should I sue my orthodontist?
Replies: 11
Views: 5582

Re: Should I sue my orthodontist?

It sounds to me like you would have a difficult case as from what you wrote you can't necessarily attribute the cause of your other dental problems to your orthodontist. He can easily blame poor hygiene on your part as to the cause of your teeth continually becoming infected.
by fosterp
Sat Feb 01, 2014 12:57 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Elastics Wear, Is Unequal Change Common?
Replies: 3
Views: 533

Re: Elastics Wear, Is Unequal Change Common?

I had a similar experience. One side of my bite would easily "collapse" when elastic pressure was placed there. The other side of my bite refused to even budge - my left lateral incisor actually refused to move during my entire treatment, and we ended up taking the braces off with less than perfectl...
by fosterp
Mon Jan 13, 2014 4:13 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Extraction Orthodontic Nightmare
Replies: 32
Views: 6371

Re: Extraction Orthodontic Nightmare

Honestly, I hope she is a spammer, because I feel terrible for her daughter. It can't be easy having a mother telling you how messed up your face is when it's hard enough just being a 13 year old girl... First of all, I don't tell my now 16 year old daughter how messed up her face is. I talk to her...
by fosterp
Sun Jan 12, 2014 4:55 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Extraction Orthodontic Nightmare
Replies: 32
Views: 6371

Re: Extraction Orthodontic Nightmare

I'm pretty sure that momonamission is just a cleverly disguised spammer. Every once and a while this board gets spammed with people using overly exaggerated stories about how extractions "ruined their life" and then go on to talk about how functional orthodontics is the "new age" of dentistry. Then ...
by fosterp
Fri Dec 27, 2013 4:37 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: anyone tried an acceledent?
Replies: 98
Views: 32556

Re: anyone used an acceledent?

I only briefly looked at the clinical trials but one thing that stuck out at me that should make you skeptical: None of the studies actually evaluated the change in total treatment time from bonding to debonding. The studies limited their quantitative evaluations to only the "tooth movement" portion...
by fosterp
Fri Dec 27, 2013 4:16 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Uneven front teeth
Replies: 9
Views: 1248

Re: Uneven front teeth

This is completely normal. They have to move teeth into weird positions in the process of putting them in their final position. It isn't as easy as just lining the teeth up in one shot.
by fosterp
Tue Dec 24, 2013 8:13 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: non invasive solution possible?
Replies: 26
Views: 2433

Re: non invasive solution possible?

I'm not saying he needed to lose weight, im just saying you could achieve the same effect by doing so. Getting full orthodontic treatment will change your facial aesthetics. The change is very subtle, but its definitely there. I honestly didn't realize the changes until I was finally finished with t...
by fosterp
Sun Dec 22, 2013 3:27 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: non invasive solution possible?
Replies: 26
Views: 2433

Re: non invasive solution possible?

Looks like a unilateral crossbite.

Hard to tell if surgery is needed b/c we can't see your molar relationship.

What you are doing by lifting your face up is simply giving your jaw more definition and making cheeks appear fuller.

You can achieve the same effect by losing weight.
by fosterp
Fri Dec 20, 2013 12:11 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Wearing both permanent AND removable retainer 24/7?
Replies: 13
Views: 20086

Re: Wearing both permanent AND removable retainer 24/7?

Am I the only one who was instructed to wear plastic retainer full time for 3 days then just nightly?
by fosterp
Tue Dec 10, 2013 5:07 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Troubling new research about wisdom teeth
Replies: 8
Views: 1873

Re: Troubling new research about wisdom teeth

Studies were performed by "American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons." That is basically like saying "a series of studies performed by the association of Montsanto and other food monopolies show that humans who don't consume genetically modified foods are associated with a higher risk ...
by fosterp
Sun Dec 08, 2013 5:46 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: I've got good but strange news!
Replies: 3
Views: 662

Re: I've got good but strange news!

If you are referring to the canines on the bottom arch - I think its a lot harder to intrude those teeth because of the anatomy of the lower jaw. They can level the bite plane, but the bite is leveled through tipping of the anterior teeth rather than intrusion, so the gum lines will stay relatively ...