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by djspeece
Tue Sep 17, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Cracking in mouth
Replies: 1
Views: 527

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: 577

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: 49

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: 3
Views: 634

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: 927

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: 4
Views: 2269

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: 2174

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 ...
by djspeece
Tue Jul 09, 2019 4:56 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: My TMJ is back after braces treatment :(
Replies: 1
Views: 1372

Re: My TMJ is back after braces treatment :(

As you suspect a visit to the ortho is in order, and perhaps also a TMJ specialist. Even if they say that there is nothing that can be done (which I seriously doubt is true), you could probably find some sort of binder on line to help you keep your mouth closed while you sleep. Perhaps your ortho wo...
by djspeece
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:07 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Relapse
Replies: 2
Views: 313

Re: Relapse

Hi jem, So sorry to hear about this relapse, but it sounds fairly minor. Although I am not an ortho, that won't prevent me from providing a SWAG on your situation. After debracing, I wore my Vivera retainer 24/7 for about 4 months as I recall. But, since it seems you are actively moving a tooth, I'd...
by djspeece
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:01 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: After 4 years and 2.5 Months!
Replies: 1
Views: 2098

Re: After 4 years and 2.5 Months!

Congratulations on your accomplishment! I hope things are going well.
by djspeece
Sun Jun 09, 2019 6:59 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Grinding
Replies: 4
Views: 296

Re: Grinding

Does anyone grind their teeth? I’ve noticed I have been over being stressed about getting braces. I hope it doesn’t continue after I get them on. Does anyone grind with braces? Do you have a mouth guard specialty made for braces? :x I think the sponsor of this forum, dentakit.com, has a mouth guard...
by djspeece
Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:16 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Smile Direct Club Disaster
Replies: 1
Views: 2717

Re: Smile Direct Club Disaster

Interesting video; as you mention in your reply, Lynn, he needed to consult an orthodontist, not a general dentist. I don't think he mentioned the word "orthodontist" at any point in this rant and seems not to grasp the difference. Thomas Gessel provided the comment about the issue of veneers and th...
by djspeece
Sun May 26, 2019 4:22 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: 15 Year Update
Replies: 3
Views: 344

Re: 15 Year Update

Great to hear, TimSeattle! I've been debraced for several years and wear my retainers religiously. Best of luck for continued success.
by djspeece
Wed May 22, 2019 5:36 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Chin implant
Replies: 4
Views: 319

Re: Chin implant

Thanks for the info. Did most of the patients you see this procedure done on have braces or the surgery where they also move their jaw forward? I had a consult with a surgeon today. They took photos like at an orthodontic consult. He said that the herbst is bring my jaw forward and giving me a more...
by djspeece
Thu May 09, 2019 5:14 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Left retainer on hot windowsill
Replies: 1
Views: 2759

Re: Left retainer on hot windowsill

I don't think you have anything to worry about as long as you are feeling the same sensation when you put it in, i.e., your teeth pulling a bit. At least I feel some slight tension when I insert mine every night. If this feeling has changed, then you should probably see your ortho. Best of luck to y...