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by djspeece
Fri Jun 19, 2020 5:21 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Braces contraindicated?
Replies: 1
Views: 275

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: 2
Views: 611

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: 3531

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: 644

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: 875

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: 789

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: 863

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: 1009

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: 1306

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: 1570

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...
by djspeece
Thu Mar 19, 2020 6:54 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Post Your COVID-19 Orthodontic Stories or Concerns
Replies: 15
Views: 1736

Re: Post Your COVID-19 Orthodontic Stories or Concerns

Great idea, Lynn. And can you imagine dealing with teenagers who are due to get their braces off, but must wait? Double whammy for parents.
by djspeece
Thu Mar 19, 2020 6:53 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: COVID19 - can't get my braces off for foreseeable future!
Replies: 10
Views: 1587

Re: COVID19 - can't get my braces off for foreseeable future!

Best wishes to all of you for good health, and patience.
I'm heading into my first hospital (Aultman, in Canton Ohio), where my career started 50 years ago, to volunteer my services as an RN. Wish me luck.
by djspeece
Mon Mar 09, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: The Bracket Club
Topic: "What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been" - Robert Hunter, Grateful Dead
Replies: 194
Views: 35526

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

Glad to hear that you are making progress! Congratulations.
by djspeece
Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:09 am
Forum: The Bracket Club
Topic: Whoa-oh - we're halfway there...:-)
Replies: 4
Views: 2996

Re: Whoa-oh - we're halfway there...:-)

Great progress, keep up the good work! Best of luck to you.
by djspeece
Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:06 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: The New ArchWired is Live! Check It Out!
Replies: 4
Views: 3096

Re: The New ArchWired is Live! Check It Out!

Very nice! Great organization, very intuitive.