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by Bullfighter
Sat Feb 09, 2013 12:36 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Jaw surgery sound scary
Replies: 11
Views: 7623

Re: Jaw surgery sound scary

geestar wrote:Bullfighter and others, does the long-term numbness affect your speech in any way? This is my biggest fear as a I work as an actor and obviously perfect voice is essential to me.
No effects here.
by Bullfighter
Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:47 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Hawley & Essix Retainers.. anyone have both
Replies: 7
Views: 2156

Re: Hawley & Essix Retainers.. anyone have both

I had essix temporaries, then Hawleys. My teeth started to shift in the Hawleys, so I went back the Essix (top and bottom).

I have been told Hawleys work "better" because they allow the teeth to settle, but in my case the settling was less straight.
by Bullfighter
Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:44 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Severe open bite
Replies: 10
Views: 5786

Re: Severe open bite

Hi tahnks for all your replies. I have watched some of the U Tube Videos on people who talk about there surgical experiences. I am still very anti surgery though. I understand taht surgery is the only way to get the perfect bite, but I really do not think I could go through with it. Its such an inv...
by Bullfighter
Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:37 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Sliding Genioplasty while still in braces?
Replies: 4
Views: 1775

Re: Sliding Genioplasty while still in braces?

They can do it at the same time as jaw surgery, assuming that's what you're having done. It is much less complicated, and doesn't lengthen your recovery time (and you only have to go through anesthesia once.) OTOH, you will probably have some nerve damage with a sliding genio, so you have to weight ...
by Bullfighter
Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:32 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Jaw surgery sound scary
Replies: 11
Views: 7623

Re: Jaw surgery sound scary

Okay so....im 15 being a teen age girl isn't easy anyways. but about 2 months ago i dislocated my jaw. it kept happening over and over again after the first time. so my Oral Surgeon wired my jaw shut with loops for 6 weeks 2 days ago i got my wires off and i was so happy. but while i was at school ...
by Bullfighter
Sun Apr 01, 2012 10:41 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Essix vs. Hawley. Which is the more comfortable retainer?
Replies: 2
Views: 2344

Re: Essix vs. Hawley. Which is the more comfortable retainer

I've had both and would say the Essix is more comfortable. Maybe more importantly, the Essix seems to do a much better job of keeping teeth from shifting. On the downside, it seems like your teeth need to be perfectly free of food bits before you put an Essix in, so I tend to leave them out if I go ...
by Bullfighter
Sun Apr 01, 2012 10:30 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Too old?
Replies: 30
Views: 5723

Re: Too old?

... I can't justify the functional purposes, so I will pass on the surgery. Please think about that. You look good as is; don't mess with it unless there are serious functional problems. I also asked my dentist and orthodontist about borderline patients they've seen who have jaw surgery, and most r...
by Bullfighter
Sat Mar 17, 2012 9:31 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: BRACES OFF :D But retainer driving me MAD. Help?
Replies: 7
Views: 15082

Re: BRACES OFF :D But retainer driving me MAD. Help?

... I have a fixed retainer which i absolutely adore but today I received the dreaded removable. Put it in and it is ridiculously uncomfortable. When I talk I lisp, I can't stop salivating and sometimes it pops off which is quite painful on my tender teeth! i checked with the ortho and it does fit ...
by Bullfighter
Mon Mar 12, 2012 4:14 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Banded shut - how do you clean your mouth?
Replies: 9
Views: 2415

Re: Banded shut - how do you clean your mouth?

I'm assuming you've been given Chlorhexidine Gluconate (a.k.a. Peridex) rinse. Keeping trapped food from causing cavities and other problems after oral surgery is one of its primary uses. As long as you are using your Peridex on schedule, you should be fine. Agree, but my bigger question is what yo...
by Bullfighter
Mon Mar 12, 2012 4:10 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Anterior open bite has ruined my social life....
Replies: 12
Views: 4601

Re: Anterior open bite has ruined my social life....

Spent my whole early to mid twenties with an anterior open bite, and as a result, the older I get the more socially awkward I have become. I hate the way I look basically. I hate the fact that my jawline is so assymetrical; my chin will be realigned. With myself NOT being able to smile with my teet...
by Bullfighter
Thu Mar 08, 2012 10:27 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Essix retainer adjustment
Replies: 2
Views: 3430

Re: Essix retainer adjustment

Hi I have had my braces off 4 weeks ago and now wearing essix retainers. My ortho plans to put the permanent retainer wire on in 6 months. I asked the assistant why in 6 months and not right away, she said 'thats his plan and every case is different', but I'm not sure exactly why. He did mention BE...
by Bullfighter
Thu Feb 09, 2012 2:28 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: 1980s attitudes about retention
Replies: 18
Views: 6820

Re: 1980s attitudes about retention

margarets wrote:Hmmm... so basically, my ortho WAS a jerk! It's clear from these replies that it wasn't unheard-of to wear retainers forever back then. Grrr...
Be careful, saying 'Grrr' can move your teeth.
by Bullfighter
Sat Feb 04, 2012 10:25 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Deflated :(
Replies: 16
Views: 2810

Re: Deflated :(

Thanks for your reply! My surgeon is looking over my moulds and she is also considering a genioplasty. I'm going to have a look into them as I don't know anything about them. I just want to look normal thats all :) especially with the surgeon agreeing that my profile isn't balanced - I now know its...
by Bullfighter
Sat Feb 04, 2012 10:10 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: numbness in the jaw
Replies: 12
Views: 2125

Re: numbness in the jaw

I am all worried about numbness but aside from this I am also worried about the time taken for the swelling to go down. I have read a post somewhere from someone that at nearly five months still has a lot of swelling. :( Five months sounds extremely long. I looked normal-ish after a few weeks, and ...
by Bullfighter
Fri Feb 03, 2012 12:24 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: numbness in the jaw
Replies: 12
Views: 2125

Re: numbness in the jaw

Thanks for the thoughts. I do have an open bite/overbite, which does cause teeth grinding, muscle tenseness, and ear issues. Nothing that I can't handle, however, I've seen 3 surgeons, 2 orthodontists, and spent 3 years researching and contemplating. My biggest concern, outside of death from anesth...