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by djspeece
Sat Jan 16, 2021 9:21 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Help my gap has started to open within one day
Replies: 3
Views: 100

Re: Help my gap has started to open within one day

Thanks for the update! The good news is that changes occur so slowly, so that minor corrections along the way are not a big deal. I have a feeling that most cases have these sorts of issues pop up. After three years in braces, I was finally at the appointment for getting fitted for retainers. My ort...
by djspeece
Fri Jan 15, 2021 2:04 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: New retainer for lower jaw can't fit in easily
Replies: 3
Views: 774

Re: New retainer for lower jaw can't fit in easily

Best to get it looked out, that sounds painful and much different from your initial experience with the retainer. Best of luck to you! Please let us know how it turns out!
by djspeece
Thu Jan 14, 2021 7:34 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Help my gap has started to open within one day
Replies: 3
Views: 100

Re: Help my gap has started to open within one day

Sit tight and wait for the dentist. Any gap that opened that quickly can be quickly closed again, if that is the plan. It is possible that your ortho needed to make room or shift the front teeth a bit, even temporarily, in order to induce movement on the canines. Best of luck to you.
by djspeece
Thu Jan 14, 2021 7:31 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Drinking coffee with Damon clear
Replies: 5
Views: 1798

Re: Drinking coffee with Damon clear

Concur with JEM and Puddles. I require coffee for my ongoing survival, too! Best of luck to you.
by djspeece
Thu Jan 07, 2021 1:47 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: New retainer for lower jaw can't fit in easily
Replies: 3
Views: 774

Re: New retainer for lower jaw can't fit in easily

It's probably likely that your older retainer loosened up a bit over time, and now with a new retainer you must get your teeth back into their original, post-braces alignment. Best of luck to you.
by djspeece
Thu Jan 07, 2021 1:44 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Extractions
Replies: 2
Views: 217

Re: Extractions

I think every case is different, and that you can't rely on comments found on the internet for guidance. If you trust your orthodontist, I think you should follow his/her recommendations, along with the rationale. Or, you may need to settle for a less-than-ideal result. Best of luck to you.
by djspeece
Tue Jan 05, 2021 9:15 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Teeth flair from braces?
Replies: 1
Views: 1056

Re: Teeth flair from braces?

You'd probably be well-advised to seek another opinion from a qualified orthodontist to better understand your options, and risk/benefit scenarios. I don't think that anyone here is qualified to venture any meaningful advice, otherwise. Best of luck to you.
by djspeece
Tue Jan 05, 2021 9:12 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Braces causing me Grey hair and hair falling out and thinning out and Anorexia and Bulimia symptoms.
Replies: 1
Views: 901

Re: Braces causing me Grey hair and hair falling out and thinning out and Anorexia and Bulimia symptoms.

I am an RN and not licensed to provide medical advice, but you have a lot to sort out here. You don't mention your age, or other preexisting issues and medical/psychiatric history (and I am not asking you for them, but it would be difficult for anyone, even a physician, to offer advice with such lim...
by djspeece
Wed Dec 30, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Class 2
Replies: 2
Views: 391

Re: Class 2

Congrats on taking the plunge. Unless you are taking pictures regularly, it is very difficult to assess changes -- they are slow (something like 1mm per month at most) and quite subtle, especially at the beginning when the ortho is attempting to simply align the teeth more or less vertically around ...
by djspeece
Fri Dec 18, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: One month to go
Replies: 12
Views: 1453

Re: One month to go

Congratulations! I thought my teeth looked huge once the braces were off.
by djspeece
Thu Dec 17, 2020 6:37 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Extractions
Replies: 2
Views: 81

Re: Extractions

Each case is individual, as you know, and I would trust the recommendation of your ortho. Discuss your concern with him/her, so they can clearly explain the rationale behind their thinking. Most people have just the opposite concern - the ortho recommends extractions, and the patient is hesitant. I ...
by djspeece
Mon Dec 14, 2020 6:54 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Metal or Ceramic?
Replies: 14
Views: 1264

Re: Metal or Ceramic?

Hi - Thread bomb alert! I hope it's helpful... SFOD to the rescue! This is a great summary, and will save you lots of work. In the end, it's only a personal preference. Does you ortho have posters of beautiful young people wearing ceramic braces that you can barely notice because they are all so go...
by djspeece
Sat Dec 12, 2020 9:11 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: One month to go
Replies: 12
Views: 1453

Re: One month to go

I guess this is your last weekend in braces! Congrats again, Andy! :gavel:
by djspeece
Tue Dec 01, 2020 7:46 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: One month to go
Replies: 12
Views: 1453

Re: One month to go

Congratulations on approaching this huge milestone! I went with the vivera retainers. There was supposed to be a bit of an upcharge for them (vs. the Hawley, which was included in the price of the braces) but my ortho cancelled that due to some minor logistical issues on his side of things. I get so...
by djspeece
Tue Dec 01, 2020 7:29 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Toronto Oral Surgeons
Replies: 1
Views: 1052

Re: Toronto Oral Surgeons

Welcome to the board. I can understand your fears and concerns. As a nurse, just let me say that reviews of doctors are often provided by those who are extremely happy or displeased with them. Often, the unhappiness is due to poor bedside manner, but not always. I glanced at a few of his reviews, an...