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by arciedee
Wed Jan 13, 2016 6:19 pm
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: First Day in Invisalign - A Few Questions
Replies: 4
Views: 2769

Re: First Day in Invisalign - A Few Questions

I think your first two questions go together. You will have saliva bubbles under your aligners and there's really nothing you can do about it, but it is more prominent if there is a sizeable gap between the aligner and your teeth. Some of the gap is related to the fact that your teeth have to move t...
by arciedee
Sat Mar 07, 2015 1:03 pm
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: Normal to have tiny gap?
Replies: 2
Views: 1184

Re: Normal to have tiny gap?

Yes, the gap is normal. Your orthodontist should have given you "chewies" so that you can make sure that the aligner fits as snugly as possible, but there is still supposed to be a tiny gap between the aligner and the edge of the incisors. Also, when you first put an aligner in it might not fit perf...
by arciedee
Sat Feb 07, 2015 5:35 am
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: How Long to Wait for Aligners?
Replies: 3
Views: 1791

Re: How Long to Wait for Aligners?

I don't know how long it took my office to receive them -- their standard procedure is just to have a patient make an appointment for four weeks after the scan since they usually have them by then, so that's what I did. Four weeks does seem like a loooong wait when you're eager to get started, but i...
by arciedee
Wed Jan 21, 2015 8:30 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Carriere' off and braces added tomorrow BUT….
Replies: 4
Views: 632

Re: Carriere' off and braces added tomorrow BUT….

Agreed with the "worse before better" statement. My Carriere distalizers did what they needed to do, but there were definitely some negative side effects including all the stuff that you mentioned. I felt the same as you did, wondering if my ortho really knew what he was doing. It's frustrating, but...
by arciedee
Fri Jan 16, 2015 10:03 am
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: Doc forgot to attach 4 hooks on teeth for 4 months??
Replies: 1
Views: 1311

Re: Doc forgot to attach 4 hooks on teeth for 4 months??

It certainly sounds suspicious. :huh: I've heard of rare situations where an orthodontist will have a patient wear a tray with the attachment "bubbles" but without attachments for a week or two, but typically they only do that at the beginning of treatment to allow the patient to get used to wearing...
by arciedee
Thu Jan 15, 2015 2:08 pm
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: cdnbracegirl's story: Finally getting braces at age 30
Replies: 86
Views: 10933

Re: cdnbracegirl's story: Finally getting braces at age 30

Jumping in here to comment on the scan thing... the digital scanners are actually more accurate than the trays with the stuff. Sounds counter-intuitive, I know, but the physical impressions lose some clarity along the way. The mold doesn't quite capture all of the nooks and crannies of your teeth, s...
by arciedee
Thu Jan 15, 2015 1:40 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Advise needed - Carriere Treatment, Invisalign or braces?
Replies: 2
Views: 629

Re: Advise needed - Carriere Treatment, Invisalign or brace

Mostly replying because I am going through the 3rd option you describe, so if you want to read what I have gone through, feel free to check out my blog linked below. As for whether to go for traditional braces or Invisalign, I think it's really up to what you prefer. The technology has advanced quit...
by arciedee
Mon Jan 05, 2015 7:16 am
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: Carriere, Lingual Arch, Ceramic Braces at 58
Replies: 93
Views: 12481

Re: Carriere, Lingual Arch, Ceramic Braces at 58

I started my journey with Carriere distalizers, too. I think some wiggliness in the teeth is normal (your teeth ARE being moved, after all), but based on my experience, keep an eye on it. I ended up with my upper canines (which the front pads of the distalizers were attached to) becoming over-extrud...
by arciedee
Wed Dec 31, 2014 7:29 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Are my teeth "bad enough" for braces? Chickening out, help!
Replies: 27
Views: 3496

Re: Are my teeth "bad enough" for braces? Chickening out, he

From an Invisalign person... I don't regret my decision at all, BUT... I just got more attachments put on across my top incisors (to go with the ones that were already on nearly all my teeth from the canines back). While they're not totally obvious, they sure as heck aren't invisible and it kind of ...
by arciedee
Fri Dec 05, 2014 11:07 am
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: Need help making decision
Replies: 4
Views: 1407

Re: Need help making decision

Doctor A all the way. The iTero scans produce MUCH better fitting aligners than those created from the physical molds (I speak from experience). And the fact that he has so much experience, not only in Invisalign but in orthodontics... you want a specialist, not someone who dabbles in Invisalign on ...
by arciedee
Fri Nov 14, 2014 7:59 am
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: Gap in teeth when aligners are removed
Replies: 1
Views: 1052

Re: Gap in teeth when aligners are removed

I have gaps between my lateral incisors and canines that resulted from my first phase of treatment (I had Carriere distalizers to correct a class II bite) that have gradually been closing throughout treatment. One of them appears gone when I wear my aligners, but when I take them out it's obvious th...
by arciedee
Wed Oct 08, 2014 9:15 am
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: mild open-bite treatment?
Replies: 6
Views: 1677

Re: mild open-bite treatment?

I know Invisalign always seems to be expanding what its technology can achieve, so I think it's worth talking to an ortho to see if that's a viable way to correct the open bite. If you want to go that route, though, I'd definitely seek out an ortho who has extensive experience with Invisalign, since...
by arciedee
Wed Oct 08, 2014 9:07 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Nervous Newbie
Replies: 4
Views: 404

Re: Nervous Newbie

Are you referring to lingual arches or transpalatal wires? AFAIK, lingual arches are wires that run along the inside of the teeth, not across the palate. I had a lower lingual arch when I had my Carriere distalizers. It was attached to molar bands on my first molars and was designed to keep my lower...
by arciedee
Mon Oct 06, 2014 6:17 am
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: Teeth Shifting Right After Tray Removal
Replies: 4
Views: 1658

Re: Teeth Shifting Right After Tray Removal

My teeth definitely shift after I've had my trays out, though I really only notice it for the first few days after I switch trays. Over the two weeks it seems like my teeth get more used to their new position and shift less, though I will still occasionally feel tightness when I pop my trays back in...
by arciedee
Fri Aug 22, 2014 9:22 am
Forum: The Bracket Club
Topic: elastic bands until snap?
Replies: 6
Views: 924

Re: elastic bands until snap?

Seems unusual to me... I don't recall my ortho or his assistants telling me how often to change the elastics, but the gist was that they should be changed a few times a day since they lose elasticity, and thus effectiveness, over time. And they never had a problem with me coming in to get an extra p...