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by redwine
Mon Dec 01, 2014 11:26 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: SARPE Surgery
Replies: 1875
Views: 472491

Re: SARPE Surgery

I had braces on my lower teeth for about six months or so before SARPE. This was to get them in place so when I had the surgery everything would line up properly. Yes, the expander is a pain, but the time goes by much more quickly than I expected. My expander was in place for about 5-6 months after ...
by redwine
Fri Nov 07, 2014 9:56 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Sorry, Should have said February 2014 surgery buddies
Replies: 156
Views: 10601

Re: Sorry, Should have said February 2014 surgery buddies

Hi Guys, So very glad to hear you're both doing well, despite the adjustments and whatnot. What a ride it's been, eh? I'm supposed to see my OS next month for a follow-up, and I think he'll be quite pleased. I also have an appt coming up with ortho, but not sure when. Hope I didn't miss it. I'm smil...
by redwine
Tue Aug 12, 2014 9:31 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Sorry, Should have said February 2014 surgery buddies
Replies: 156
Views: 10601

Re: Sorry, Should have said February 2014 surgery buddies

Whoo Hoo! So happy for you! Stay away from pliers & wirecutters - they will tempt you. So the hated bands are almost a thing of the past. I've just stopped wearing them at night. It was a bit scary at first, but I'm waking up with my mouth shut and not needing a drink of water first thing. And my bi...
by redwine
Mon Aug 11, 2014 7:33 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Sorry, Should have said February 2014 surgery buddies
Replies: 156
Views: 10601

Re: Sorry, Should have said February 2014 surgery buddies

I still have a couple of small gaps the my ortho says the Hawley's will fix. I'll be in retainers everyday, all day for the first year, and then can go to just at night. But I'll be wearing the Essix for special occasions. I had a feeling that slobber would be involved. Also anticipate a certain amo...
by redwine
Mon Aug 11, 2014 7:04 am
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: Getting Braces At The Age of 54!
Replies: 268
Views: 27623

Re: Getting Braces At The Age of 54!

Way to go Dee!
by redwine
Fri Aug 08, 2014 9:22 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Sorry, Should have said February 2014 surgery buddies
Replies: 156
Views: 10601

Re: Sorry, Should have said February 2014 surgery buddies

At my Wednesday appt. they took molds for the Hawleys, so approximately 10 minutes after having the braces removed, the retainers will go in. I say ten minutes because I plan to brush and floss like crazy before I put them in! As of that last appt., the bands are a thing of the past, and I don't mis...
by redwine
Thu Aug 07, 2014 8:14 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Funny thing! Anyone else?
Replies: 12
Views: 733

Re: Funny thing! Anyone else?

Oh yes, I know that feeling well. I have elastics everywhere around the house from them popping off and flying around.
by redwine
Tue Jul 29, 2014 1:00 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Sorry, Should have said February 2014 surgery buddies
Replies: 156
Views: 10601

Re: Sorry, Should have said February 2014 surgery buddies

No more braces SoCal? Hooray!!! And we're right behind you! Gotta say, I've finally gotten to the point where I don't think I will miss the bands. They've been something of a security blanket since the surgery, but just in the last few days I've gotten completely over them. I asked my ortho about te...
by redwine
Fri Jul 11, 2014 10:54 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Sorry, Should have said February 2014 surgery buddies
Replies: 156
Views: 10601

Re: Sorry, Should have said February 2014 surgery buddies

What kind of retainers are you getting? I'm getting two sets - Hawley's for everyday, and clears for occasions (like dating, gulp). I think they felt sorry for me so no extra charge for the clear ones. I, too, have been researching (obsessing?) about retainers. They can't possibly be as bad as brace...
by redwine
Thu Jul 10, 2014 8:40 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: When you just start to feel "over it"
Replies: 30
Views: 2456

Re: When you just start to feel "over it"

Not long after receiving my de-banding date (August 13th), I began having strong urges to grab pliers and wirecutters and ripping these things out of my mouth! I've been quite patient all along, but suddenly it needs to be OVER!
by redwine
Thu Jul 10, 2014 8:37 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Sorry, Should have said February 2014 surgery buddies
Replies: 156
Views: 10601

Re: Sorry, Should have said February 2014 surgery buddies

Hello my buddies, It's been a while - many crazy things going on at once. Luckily, none of them had anything to do with my mouth! Had what I had hoped would be my last appt with surgeon today. All is well, but there is some pain on the left side (the side that shattered) that he wants to monitor. Bu...
by redwine
Fri May 30, 2014 7:31 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Sorry, Should have said February 2014 surgery buddies
Replies: 156
Views: 10601

Re: Sorry, Should have said February 2014 surgery buddies

Everyone seems to be making progress, no matter how much we worry about it. I don't expect a "Hollywood smile" when I am finally finished. I just want a smile that I don't need to cover with my hand! I know I'll have to have at least one crown when the braces come off and I should probably have anot...
by redwine
Tue May 27, 2014 12:04 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Braces at 55
Replies: 57
Views: 3391

Re: Braces at 55

Best thing I ever did was NOT use wax! I rinsed with saltwater a lot, and in the evenings I add a bit of hydrogen pyroxide to my waterpik. The insides of my mouth toughened up quickly. My tech told me about that trick and it certainly worked for me. PS - I'm almost 58!
by redwine
Tue May 27, 2014 11:56 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Sorry, Should have said February 2014 surgery buddies
Replies: 156
Views: 10601

Re: Sorry, Should have said February 2014 surgery buddies

Hi all. My right side is taking it's time to close up, but all in all things are looking good. I even have a de-bracing date: August 13th! They're going to give me two retainers - a clear one (think invisalign) for during the day and a standard metal one for night. I'm adjusting to the numbness, but...
by redwine
Tue May 27, 2014 11:52 am
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: Over 50's club ?
Replies: 75
Views: 15086

Re: Over 50's club ?

Having braces over 50 isn't such a bad thing. People usually think you're younger because - well, who in their right mind would get braces over 50, right? And the time goes by much faster. And (big one) we're not in high school and care a whole lot less about what other people think. That said, I ac...