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by djspeece
Fri Sep 04, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: II class looking for advice (with pics)
Replies: 3
Views: 371

Re: II class looking for advice (with pics)

Welcome to the forum! Things around here have been relatively quiet, so I'd recommend you go to the forum here on Oral Surgery https://www.archwired.com/phpbb2/viewforum.php?f=15 and hopefully someone there can answer your questions, or at least you can search that forum for specific answers. Best o...
by djspeece
Sat Aug 29, 2020 5:25 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Hello! Crossbite elastics experience?
Replies: 3
Views: 497

Re: Hello! Crossbite elastics experience?

I didn't have that particular configuration, so I can't comment (although in general, all elastics seem to be an issue when chewing, which is why most people remove them before meals.) This board has been a bit more quiet lately, so you might want to search this forum so some ideas that have come up...
by djspeece
Fri Aug 14, 2020 7:18 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Anxiety about food restrictions
Replies: 7
Views: 647

Re: Anxiety about food restrictions

A lot of us have ignored the restrictions, and lived to talk about it :lol: . See the thread "Confess Your Orthodontic Sins," one of my favorites. I had the so-called clear ceramic braces, and they really don't stain as you might imagine. The thing that stains are the ligatures (used with metal brac...
by djspeece
Sat Aug 08, 2020 6:08 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Extended treatment
Replies: 4
Views: 728

Re: Extended treatment

Mine did not, per the contract. My initial 2 year plan ended up being 3. I think most of them realize that the initial plan is really just an educated guess.
by djspeece
Tue Jul 28, 2020 6:16 am
Forum: The Bracket Club
Topic: New member
Replies: 3
Views: 272

Re: New member

This board doesn't seem too active these days, but let me congratulate you on your decision and wish you the best of luck! I got braces in my early 60's, had them for three years, and have been debraced for a number of years. Hope the Covid situation doesn't impact your treatment. Hang in there!
by djspeece
Fri Jun 19, 2020 5:21 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Braces contraindicated?
Replies: 1
Views: 1306

Re: Braces contraindicated?

Did your ortho mention anything about bone loss? Is that the issue? And, is it widespread, or localized to one area? It would probably be helpful to clarify this with your ortho before seeking a second opinion. I got braces in my early 60s and required a bone transplant (about an inch in length) for...
by djspeece
Wed May 27, 2020 5:14 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Strange retainer instructions?
Replies: 3
Views: 1764

Re: Strange retainer instructions?

Those instructions might be best for teenagers (and I assume the thinking is a little is better than no compliance) but it is not the guidance I was given. I was told to wear mine 24/7 for three months (I think -- it's been awhile) and then only at night, but every night, for the rest of my life. An...
by djspeece
Sun May 17, 2020 8:23 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Why would braces make a gap between front teeth
Replies: 17
Views: 3872

Re: Why would braces make a gap between front teeth

See Dr. Tam's response, above: It isn't uncommon for a space to appear between the front teeth as the teeth align. This is because the early wires are often trying to create more space for the teeth to move. It doesn't look great but the truth is that orthodontics is much easier when there is adequa...
by djspeece
Sun May 17, 2020 8:21 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Small Chin
Replies: 1
Views: 1667

Re: Small Chin

It sounds as though there are two problems you are dealing with: a cosmetic one, and one related to the size of your mandible (lower jaw). As an RN I'd recommend that you seek two consultations - one with a plastic surgeon for the cosmetic issues (an implant is a relatively easy fix) and an oral sur...
by djspeece
Tue Apr 28, 2020 10:29 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Question about clear retainer
Replies: 1
Views: 1960

Re: Question about clear retainer

I have the Vivera retainer (the brand name in the US) like yours, but mine allow no overlap with the gum and is neatly trimmed like your new retainer. I would not want a retainer compressing any part of my gum line. So, I think your new retainer is an improvement, at least in that regard. Best of lu...
by djspeece
Tue Apr 28, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Less tongue space and speech problems after braces
Replies: 1
Views: 1869

Re: Less tongue space and speech problems after braces

I think at this point speech therapy would be an excellent idea. Like most of us,I imagine your speech suffered to some extent during your treatment, but if the speech issue has not resolved in 8 months then it might be a good idea to work with a therapist. Best of luck to you.
by djspeece
Fri Apr 24, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: 13 Months In!
Replies: 1
Views: 1875

Re: 13 Months In!

Your teeth are looking good! You have a great attitude, and wish you the best of luck as you complete your treatment!
by djspeece
Sun Mar 29, 2020 9:49 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: is there a place on here to ask an orthodontist a question?
Replies: 1
Views: 2014

Re: is there a place on here to ask an orthodontist a question?

Short answer is no. However there is a board here, now locked, called "Ask and Ortho" or something. Perhaps you might find an answer to your question, especially if you use the search funtion.
by djspeece
Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:00 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: I'm Here To Help
Replies: 2
Views: 2343

Re: I'm Here To Help

Very nice!
by djspeece
Thu Mar 19, 2020 7:01 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Worthwhile to get braces at 38?
Replies: 7
Views: 2688

Re: Worthwhile to get braces at 38?

What an interesting post -- well written and engaging! Of course you'll need to find an ortho who understands your issues and is willing to listen to you, and to modify treatment and/or office visits as may be needed (e.g., private room vs. open bay setting, which is very common). In my mind this is...