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by djspeece
Mon Nov 18, 2019 7:22 am
Forum: The Bracket Club
Topic: "What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been" - Robert Hunter, Grateful Dead
Replies: 180
Views: 24435

Re: "What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been" - Robert Hunter, Grateful Dead

At my recent appointment, the final score was 0-0. I didn't venture to ask about how we were doing, and my ortho volunteered nothing. It felt like being in a grade school staring contest. Somehow, the tie felt liked I'd lost. Oh, no news is good news. That's how my appointments went as well. I even...
by djspeece
Sun Nov 17, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Chin implant
Replies: 6
Views: 367

Re: Chin implant

Best of luck to you!
by djspeece
Sun Nov 17, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Black Triangles?
Replies: 2
Views: 167

Re: Black Triangles?

These black triangles are often due to the shape of your teeth. Unless you have those perfectly rectangular teeth, you will end up with them. I did not want to have my teeth shaved down to minimize them (they weren't that big of a deal in the first place). The tops of some of my teeth seemed a bit w...
by djspeece
Fri Oct 18, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Los Angeles Area Ortho Recommendations
Replies: 1
Views: 566

Re: Los Angeles Area Ortho Recommendations

Google "ortho + TAD + LA" (without quotation marks) and you should see a good starting point. It looked to me that there are quite a few options for you. Best of luck to you.
by djspeece
Thu Oct 03, 2019 6:09 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Orthodontist suggests surgery, any advise would be appreciated.
Replies: 15
Views: 958

Re: Orthodontist suggests surgery, any advise would be appreciated.

Also, if you click on the "Braces Treatment Discussions" above, you'll see a listing of sub-forums that includes "Oral (orthognathic) Surgery" which might put you in touch with others contemplating surgery. Best of luck to you.
by djspeece
Tue Oct 01, 2019 6:23 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Permanent retainer is making me angry! Please help!
Replies: 2
Views: 1061

Re: Permanent retainer is making me angry! Please help!

I suspect that it is indeed glue, and it's probably not a big deal -- but for your peace of mind, call your ortho and go in for an appointment if necessary. Best of luck to you.
by djspeece
Tue Oct 01, 2019 6:21 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Orthodontist suggests surgery, any advise would be appreciated.
Replies: 15
Views: 958

Re: Orthodontist suggests surgery, any advise would be appreciated.

I have no direct experience with oral surgery, but suggest that you might want to reach out to the member "sirwired" who is extremely knowledgeable and has undergone surgery. He has not been on this board for some time, but it's worth a shot. Also, you may not be able to send IMs until you have 7 (I...
by djspeece
Fri Sep 20, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: The Bracket Club
Topic: "What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been" - Robert Hunter, Grateful Dead
Replies: 180
Views: 24435

Re: "What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been" - Robert Hunter, Grateful Dead

Great thread. Yes, by all means you should give up asking. But the other problem I had was misreading comments from the technician -- I mean she was reading my chart (a fancy electronic version that pops up on a big screen, viewable by everyone in the room except me). "Wow Dan, looking good, I bet y...
by djspeece
Tue Sep 17, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Cracking in mouth
Replies: 1
Views: 1690

Re: Cracking in mouth

You'll probably need to discuss this with your ortho, along with other details such as the onset (sounds like this is new), what triggers it, and where you are in the therapeutic plan. If it were me, I'd probably try to talk myself into thinking it was harmless, since there was no pain -- but if the...
by djspeece
Tue Sep 17, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Complicated case, feeling discouraged
Replies: 4
Views: 1774

Re: Complicated case, feeling discouraged

Of course the good news is that they discovered the underlying issues before charging headlong into therapy, which most likely would have been disastrous. I can't comment definitively on why these issues were not discussed in greater detail at the very beginning, but I would guess that the ortho fig...
by djspeece
Tue Sep 17, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Jagged and uneven molars after shaving.
Replies: 1
Views: 1060

Re: Jagged and uneven molars after shaving.

I'm not a dental professional (thank god) but I find it hard to believe that the ortho would not be able to tell when he was drilling into a tooth vs. the build-up material. My only comparison would be when grinding out caulking, you can tell immediately when you get to the wood. Do you have "before...
by djspeece
Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:55 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Will it ever feel comfortable again?
Replies: 5
Views: 1944

Re: Will it ever feel comfortable again?

Congrats on getting the anxiety under control - bravo! The discomfort did seem to accumulate as time went by for me -- probably due to the multiple and simultaneous movements of my teeth, plus my increasing impatience with braces -- everything seemed to be annoying with them. One day my bite would b...
by djspeece
Wed Jul 31, 2019 6:17 am
Forum: The Bracket Club
Topic: New here- any advice appreciated!
Replies: 3
Views: 2170

Re: New here- any advice appreciated!

Congrats on starting things off. I guess by now you have made your decicsion -- which way did you go with the brackets? I had the ceramics, but frankly would probably go with all metal if I had to do it over (uggh). Either way will likely get you a good result! Best of luck to you.
by djspeece
Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:44 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Ceramic vs Metal - Discolored teeth appearance
Replies: 5
Views: 3624

Re: Ceramic vs Metal - Discolored teeth appearance

I went with ceramics, but if I had to do it over again (God forbid) I'd go with all metal for the reasons you mentioned: the ceramics really aren't invisible, they are bulkier, and they get more attention from passersby then I would have preferred. Plus, in photos they made my teeth look a hideous s...
by djspeece
Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:40 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Brackets and brackets position
Replies: 2
Views: 3395

Re: Brackets and brackets position

Of course you have to realize that the position of the brackets are designed for the final result, and aren't necessarily going to be centered on every tooth. The ortho places them based on his/her assessment of the forces and vectors required to move your teeth into the proper position. Perhaps at ...