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by djspeece
Tue Jan 21, 2020 8:22 am
Forum: The Bracket Club
Topic: Post braces - Root Canals??
Replies: 1
Views: 195

Re: Post braces - Root Canals??

The situation with your retainer should be discussed with your ortho -- I don't think it is normal to have that sort of discomfort this far out from debracing. You may want to consider another type of retainer, or at least be refitted for a new one. I hope you do not need a root canal, so perhaps th...
by djspeece
Sat Jan 18, 2020 8:57 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: I need three root canals
Replies: 2
Views: 150

Re: I need three root canals

So sorry to hear this -- hard to tell if this is due to negligence on the ortho's part or just bad luck, one of the risks of braces. I would ask the endodontist about the likelihood of needing even more root canals (beyond #7) should you continue with braces. It's just so unfortunate that this was n...
by djspeece
Mon Jan 13, 2020 8:32 am
Forum: The Bracket Club
Topic: I'm doing it, this time for real
Replies: 1
Views: 249

Re: I'm doing it, this time for real

Congratulations on your decision! I sit on the opposite end of the runway, aged 69 and have been debraced for over 3 years after a 3 year course of treatment. Your concerns are quite legitimate, of course, and I think part of your decision on the selection of an orthodontist would be based on how we...
by djspeece
Sat Jan 04, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: The Bracket Club
Topic: Recently debraced questions
Replies: 6
Views: 636

Re: Recently debraced questions

Any consideration for a second opinion on how to handle retention issues?
Best of luck to you.
by djspeece
Sat Jan 04, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: The Bracket Club
Topic: Fixed braces and extraction at 50
Replies: 1
Views: 552

Re: Fixed braces and extraction at 50

First, happy New Year and congrats on reaching the home stretch with your braces. For me, I was 90% pleased with the final result, as most of my issues were functional, vs. cosmetic. I have some sall black triangles due mainly to the shape of my teeth -- but the overall look is much improved in some...
by djspeece
Mon Dec 30, 2019 5:34 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Metallic dental fillings : to change or not?
Replies: 9
Views: 1103

Re: Metallic dental fillings : to change or not?

I'm a dentist, and I would actually recommend getting silver fillings if you need any work done. They last longer and are better for your long term dental health. There are a lot of myths regarding fillings, and I'll comment on one of them that was mentioned in this thread. Silver fillings expand a...
by djspeece
Fri Dec 13, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Weird staining pattern
Replies: 3
Views: 702

Re: Weird staining pattern

This is probably completely irrelevant, but do you think the light you are using when you look at your teeth may be playing a role? Do you see the staining in the ortho's office, or in natural light? Some light can really make one's teeth look different (and weird). Just an idea. We now return you t...
by djspeece
Fri Dec 13, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Hello & incoming inquiry
Replies: 5
Views: 661

Re: Hello & incoming inquiry

Ablor, With all due respect, if you don't trust the orthodontist I am not certain that you should trust the responses you get on this forum -- except for one occasional, rare post from an orthodontist (Dr. Tam -- he may show up in a search) no one to my knowledge has any formal training in dentistry...
by djspeece
Thu Dec 12, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Bruxism & what type of arch wire withstands the least breakage?
Replies: 6
Views: 740

Re: Bruxism & what type of arch wire withstands the least breakage?

I think the response by assertives is excellent, and worthy of your serious consideration. No job is worth it, especially since your previous outlets (e.g., exercise) are not available. I thought archwires were practically indestructible so the fact that you are breaking them suggests tremendous, a...
by djspeece
Wed Dec 11, 2019 5:01 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Bruxism & what type of arch wire withstands the least breakage?
Replies: 6
Views: 740

Re: Bruxism & what type of arch wire withstands the least breakage?

I think the response by assertives is excellent, and worthy of your serious consideration. No job is worth it, especially since your previous outlets (e.g., exercise) are not available. I thought archwires were practically indestructible so the fact that you are breaking them suggests tremendous, an...
by djspeece
Wed Dec 11, 2019 4:55 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: ankylosed tooth nightmare...anyone have similiar experience?
Replies: 10
Views: 18226

Re: ankylosed tooth nightmare...anyone have similiar experience?

RuinedSmile wrote:
Wed Dec 11, 2019 12:12 am
I can't seem to message with this account. My e-mail is: beepsix at yahoo.com
You'll need to make 6-7 posts/replies before you have full capabilities. There's a sticky at the top of the forum.
by djspeece
Fri Dec 06, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Can adolescent extraction/retraction orthodontics cause adult obstructive sleep apnea?
Replies: 4
Views: 730

Re: Can adolescent extraction/retraction orthodontics cause adult obstructive sleep apnea?

Wow, such an interesting read! I don't think you have missed anything in your analysis of the research. Of course, as you well understand, orthodontists are not likely to conduct research that connects extractions etc. with obstructive sleep apnea and would likely be inclined to interpret research f...
by djspeece
Tue Dec 03, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: The Bracket Club
Topic: Just Got Braces at Age 66
Replies: 2
Views: 793

Re: Just Got Braces at Age 66

Congratulations on starting your orthodontic adventure! I also got braces in my 60's, had them for three years and survived. Best of luck to you!
by djspeece
Sat Nov 23, 2019 3:53 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Chin implant
Replies: 9
Views: 468

Re: Chin implant

Chin implants are performed for cosmetic reasons, and sometimes in a reconstruction to correct issues from other surgeries.
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: 25385

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...