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by ljms
Thu Sep 29, 2016 11:32 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Upper incisor size difference
Replies: 1
Views: 304

Re: Upper incisor size difference

You're right to start the conversation with your ortho at your next appointment. No one likes surprises. In my case, my top centrals are different widths, lengths, and shapes and my laterals are different different shapes and lengths. It looks like I was made out of spare parts. During treatment, my...
by ljms
Thu Sep 22, 2016 6:20 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: To Old
Replies: 7
Views: 637

Re: To Old

I was 55, so I'm going to say no.
by ljms
Mon Aug 22, 2016 11:49 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Does bonding stain?
Replies: 3
Views: 428

Re: Does bonding stain?

Not that I've noticed and I drink a fair amount of coffee, tea, red wine, etc.

Like you, I have bonding on one of my upper incisors because they weren't the same length. I also have bonding on my lower incisors to repair chips that happened before braces.
by ljms
Wed Aug 03, 2016 7:18 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Rubber bands and chains. Ahhhhhhhh! Any tips?
Replies: 14
Views: 963

Re: Rubber bands and chains. Ahhhhhhhh! Any tips?

For the first two days or so, don't be a hero and use a mirror. Take some time to develop some muscle memory. After a few days of that, stand in front of a mirror while you're putting them in but close your eyes or turn away. If you can't get them in a couple of tries, use the mirror. Keep at it, an...
by ljms
Mon Jul 25, 2016 6:05 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Changing from ceramic brackets to metal
Replies: 7
Views: 2156

Re: Changing from ceramic brackets to metal

I'm sure it's possible but you'd have to pay extra for the removal and then replacement of the brackets. How long have you had them on? I felt exactly the same as you in the beginning, but 3 months later I'm finally used to the ceramic uppers. I still kinda wish I'd had all metal but at least the c...
by ljms
Sat Jul 23, 2016 6:22 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Question about Essix retainers. Cheap options?
Replies: 9
Views: 1340

Re: Question about Essix retainers. Cheap options?

ljms, that is so cheap! I live in Alberta, and this is the only province where dentists have no fee schedule. They can charge what they want. My last cleaning and exam was $400! I will have to visit Winniipeg to get my retainer! That is so cheap! That explains that! My last cleaning, incuding xrays...
by ljms
Fri Jul 22, 2016 2:30 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Question about Essix retainers. Cheap options?
Replies: 9
Views: 1340

Re: Question about Essix retainers. Cheap options?

First, let me start by saying, $400CDN for an Essix retainer!? Are they crazy!? Seriously? I don't know where you are but I'd start shopping around locally before going the online route. I'm in Winnipeg and my orthodontist charges $145CDN for one Hawley. I believe the charge for an Essix is $100CDN....
by ljms
Mon Jul 18, 2016 6:53 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Colors for Damon Braces?
Replies: 3
Views: 2949

Re: Colors for Damon Braces?

I don't understand why you would want ligatures with self-ligating brackets. Two of the advantages of self-ligating brackets are that they are less noticeable and easier to clean around because they don't have ligatures. You would lose both advantages if you put them on just for decoration. Another ...
by ljms
Mon Jul 18, 2016 6:43 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Things to do/eat before getting your braces?
Replies: 9
Views: 1041

Re: Things to do/eat before getting your braces?

I don't know how unexpected this is but I would tell anyone getting braces to get a cleaning and dental exam prior and to get any dental work needed done. It is much more of a hassle to have dental work done once the brackets are on. I agree, and not just for practical reasons. I will also be the l...
by ljms
Tue May 31, 2016 5:42 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Getting tooth bonding after braces, advice needed
Replies: 2
Views: 1205

Re: Getting tooth bonding after braces, advice needed

To answer your question on whether your retainers will fit after bonding--maybe yes, maybe no. It depends on the type and design of the retainers and where you have the bonding. I know. It's not an answer but your orthodontist can give you better advice. However, I'd like to give you some advice bas...
by ljms
Sun May 29, 2016 6:05 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Chipped tooth
Replies: 2
Views: 245

Re: Chipped tooth

Your dentist can fix it using a tooth coloured bonding material.

I recommend that you wait until after you get your braces off. Once your teeth are straight you'll notice all kinds of imperfections. When you know what you want fixed, you and your dentist can set up a plan.
by ljms
Thu May 12, 2016 10:50 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: How often do you get professional cleanings with braces?
Replies: 11
Views: 862

Re: How often do you get professional cleanings with braces?

I had a horrible time keeping the tartar from building up on my bottom teeth.

While in braces, I had a full cleaning every six months and, in the three month interval between cleanings, I had my bottom teeth scaled--no polishing.
by ljms
Thu Apr 28, 2016 3:01 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Brackets popping off and Sonicare!
Replies: 6
Views: 532

Re: Brackets popping off and Sonicare!

I once had a bracket pop off a couple of days after it was installed. The ortho assistant said that if a bracket comes off in the first week, it probably wasn't bonded properly.

I used a sonic type toothbrush for most of my brace time without any problems. In fact, my orthodontist recommends them.
by ljms
Fri Apr 08, 2016 6:44 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Elastics
Replies: 11
Views: 614

Re: Elastics

I still cannot come up with any reason why someone would not be able to wear class II elastics while camping. I wish this forum had a Like button. Using a camping trip as a reason to not wear bite elastics is nothing more than an excuse. That's not a habit you want to get into because it won't take...
by ljms
Wed Apr 06, 2016 10:07 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Elastics
Replies: 11
Views: 614

Re: Elastics

For many people Class IIs are the easiest setup there is. It's when you get 3 or 4 on a side, and cannot open your mouth at all, that's when it gets difficult ;) of Excellent point! Even if you're new to bite elastics, class II is as easy as it gets. It only takes a couple of days to get the hang o...