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by farmboy
Fri Jul 10, 2020 2:07 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: My orthodontist told me to stop wearing elastics on one side
Replies: 1
Views: 3110

Re: My orthodontist told me to stop wearing elastics on one side

magarosecrim, Congratulations on your progress. I understand your desire to preserve the half of your bite that’s been corrected. However, you’re rolling the dice by wearing more elastics than your orthodontist has instructed. An orthodontist worth his salt will overcorrect a bite before stopping el...
by farmboy
Sat Jun 13, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Thoughts on orofacial myology?
Replies: 1
Views: 3327

Thoughts on orofacial myology?

Has anyone here has experience with orofacial myology treatment? I've found only a couple of older posts on here with one person recommending it, and my search has yielded only one journal article on the subject, which provided inconclusive results on orofacial myology's efficacy in regards to ortho...
by farmboy
Sat Jun 13, 2020 10:29 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Heading back to the ortho--more than 3 months later
Replies: 3
Views: 3538

Re: Heading back to the ortho--more than 3 months later

It seems that I'm not the only one dealing with wayward molars. My orthodontist said the molars turned because of the power chain I'd been wearing for three months (due to the office shutting down because of COVID-19) instead of the month it was intended to stay on there. She "stepped" down to a thi...
by farmboy
Thu Jun 04, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Heading back to the ortho--more than 3 months later
Replies: 3
Views: 3538

Heading back to the ortho--more than 3 months later

I hope everyone is healthy and safe. Next week I have my first ortho appointment since early March. I'm curious what it's been like for other bracees who have had a COVID-forced break in their treatments. When you were able to see your orthodontist again, did you find that everything was okay? Or ar...
by farmboy
Tue Apr 14, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: New to braces - questions about bite!
Replies: 6
Views: 4115

Re: New to braces - questions about bite!

Hi, Pineapple. It seems to me that your teeth are doing exactly what they should be doing right now--moving. Unless you have severe pain or discomfort, you likely don't have anything to worry about. Fixing one's bite involves the teeth doing a lot of bumping and grinding on their way to their proper...
by farmboy
Sun Aug 25, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: blue buildups on canines?
Replies: 1
Views: 4578

Re: blue buildups on canines?

I can’t speak to how common it is, but I have buildups on my upper canines. I got them about halfway through my treatment to protect some repositioned lower brackets as well as some spikes on the backs of my incisors that are there to discourage tongue thrusting.
by farmboy
Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Molar rotation--and not the good kind!
Replies: 3
Views: 3612

Molar rotation--and not the good kind!

Hi. It's been awhile, but this was so unexpected that I thought I'd share it and I'd love to hear your thoughts. A little more than a week ago, I went in for a routine adjustment and got a power chain across my lower arch that was so powerful, the assistant had trouble putting it on. (The power chai...
by farmboy
Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Haven't worn elastics for a week
Replies: 1
Views: 411

Haven't worn elastics for a week

For the past week, I've been laid up with a nasty bout of the flu I got for Christmas, enduring a raging fever and pounding headaches. Before my illness, for seven months now, I've worn anterior box elastics to help close a significant open bite (without much progress so far, despite diligent wear o...
by farmboy
Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:50 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: 8 molar bands and 4 eyelets?
Replies: 4
Views: 614

Re: 8 molar bands and 4 eyelets?

I have nine bands; all eight of my molars have bands, plus one lower cuspid where the tooth above it kept biting off the bracket. My orthodontist routinely bands the molars, I’m told, for reasons of anchorage as well as the fact they’re more likely to stay put than brackets while chewing hard foods....
by farmboy
Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: I want headgear!
Replies: 3
Views: 1134

Re: I want headgear!

djspeece, You make a good point. During adjustments, I'm lucky if I get to see the doctor for more than 60 seconds, so I haven't discussed headgear with her. She has a very experienced assistant who told me the doctor doesn't like to use headgear on adults, but the assistant didn't know why the doct...
by farmboy
Tue Aug 22, 2017 11:53 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: I want headgear!
Replies: 3
Views: 1134

I want headgear!

Yes, I'm sure many of you think I'm crazy, but please bear with me. A little background: I'm in braces for a third time. I had braces as a young kid, then again eight years ago for a clenching problem. This time, seems a heretofore untreated tongue issue pushed my teeth back out of line and gave me ...
by farmboy
Sun Jan 29, 2017 11:05 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Midline off after 2 months of braces
Replies: 6
Views: 1215

Re: Midline off after 2 months of braces

You're not alone. I'm definitely in the "things-will-get-worse-before-they-get-better" category. I got my (third round of) braces in late October to deal with an open bite, because I can't bite anything with my front teeth. Since I got the braces, my bite has opened even more. My molars on my left s...
by farmboy
Sat Jan 07, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Hooks!
Replies: 7
Views: 569

Re: Hooks!

Just about everyone who has braces will wear elastics at one point or another (though I have met someone who went almost two years with braces and never had to wear them). They can be a bit of a bugger right when you first get them, but consistency is key. Wear them, and wear them as much as you can...
by farmboy
Sat Jan 07, 2017 10:02 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: "rotten" taste in the molar bands?
Replies: 2
Views: 1348

Re: "rotten" taste in the molar bands?

Did you just get the bands recently? My understanding is the "glue" used on bands is different than the bonding agent for regular brackets. In my case, not all the glue got wiped off the rest of the tooth when one of my (many) bands was placed, so I could taste it for a bit. It wasn't horrible, but ...
by farmboy
Wed Jan 04, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Tongue crib--unwanted movement?
Replies: 0
Views: 424

Tongue crib--unwanted movement?

Hey, everyone. A little more than a month ago, my orthodontist installed a fixed tongue crib to help curb a tongue thrust issue and allow my front teeth to be aligned. The tongue crib is held in place by thick wires soldered to two upper molar bands. Over the last couple of weeks, my front teeth hav...