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by cs2thecox
Thu Mar 19, 2015 3:04 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Permanent Retainers vs. Essix Retainers
Replies: 7
Views: 1760

Re: Permanent Retainers vs. Essix Retainers

I have both permanent and Essix retainers.
My ortho does this because then you only have to wear the Essixes at night, and he gets a much higher level of compliance.

There's lots more discussion on this in the retainer section of the forum!
by cs2thecox
Tue Mar 10, 2015 10:12 am
Forum: Dental Do-dads (Dental Products Q's and Comments)
Topic: Weight loss
Replies: 50
Views: 21059

Re: Weight loss

Oh there are PLENTY of high-calorie soft foods :lol: If you're looking for balance and keeping up your calorie intake when you don't feel like chewing, then it's worth looking in to some of the sports nutrition products, particularly the post-workout protein shakes. Probably NOT the weight loss ones...
by cs2thecox
Tue Mar 10, 2015 10:03 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Bonded Retainer vs. Removable
Replies: 8
Views: 3247

Re: Bonded Retainer vs. Removable

I have both! I have bonded retainers on my front 6 teeth, top and bottom, plus Essix-type retainers (like Invisalign) to wear at night too. I do wear my Essixs most of the time, but because of having the bonded ones too, I don't always take the Essixs if I go on business for a few days or something....
by cs2thecox
Tue Mar 10, 2015 9:55 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Were you nervous to be debanded?
Replies: 19
Views: 5543

Re: Were you nervous to be debanded?

I'll be honest - the debond process isn't fun. (I checked - my ortho confirmed it's deBOND i.e. getting the bonding (glue) removed rather than deBAND which doesn't really make any sense unless you had conventional braces with molar bands! Apparently all the Brits call it deBONDing, but it got corrup...
by cs2thecox
Tue Mar 03, 2015 1:20 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: chlorhexidine staining
Replies: 13
Views: 2582

Re: chlorhexidine staining

It's not the same as a hygienist clean, but I always used to take my electric toothbrush with me to adjustments and ask if I could brush for 2 minutes while the wire was off! They always let me, and it helped me feel like I was getting a better clean every 4-6 weeks or so. And I totally agree - chlo...
by cs2thecox
Mon Feb 23, 2015 2:09 am
Forum: Lingual Braces
Topic: Getting rid of the lisp :((
Replies: 5
Views: 19277

Re: Getting rid of the lisp :((

Yes, it calms down!
However, it will feel bad to you for ages after other people stop noticing.

My biggest tip in the mean time? WAX! Get some good silicone wax on there pronto. It makes *everything* better :)
by cs2thecox
Fri Feb 20, 2015 3:46 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Gift for my orthodontist
Replies: 13
Views: 2747

Re: Gift for my orthodontist

Seems kind of big to me...
Quilted cushion covers might be a more appropriate size?!

(Very sweet idea though!)
by cs2thecox
Wed Feb 18, 2015 1:24 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: How do you clean your retainer?
Replies: 19
Views: 6958

Re: How do you clean your retainer?

Roses - totally agree on the Boots denture cleaner. Fairly sure it comes out the same factory as Steradent etc and it's an absolute bargain! I used it on my night guards for years before I got braces and never had any problems. (Although being a bit more careful with water temperature and my retaine...
by cs2thecox
Tue Feb 17, 2015 2:03 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: How do you clean your retainer?
Replies: 19
Views: 6958

Re: How do you clean your retainer?

I have Essix-type retainers and was told to use a normal toothbrush and no more than warm water. I guess hot water softens the plastic again, and changes the shape! Definitely no abrasive toothpaste either. I was also told that denture cleaning tablets are fine to use. (Or specific retainer ones - I...
by cs2thecox
Fri Feb 06, 2015 2:54 am
Forum: Lingual Braces
Topic: Incognito Specialist Sydney Australia
Replies: 8
Views: 2294

Re: Incognito Specialist Sydney Australia

When I was thinking about lingual braces (I had mine off a couple of weeks ago - woo!) I did a lot of research too. 1) Don't get too wedded to Incognito. It's just a brand name and there are plenty of other lingual systems out there. By only looking for Incognito practitioners, you may be overlookin...
by cs2thecox
Fri Jan 30, 2015 11:02 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Swollen Gums
Replies: 3
Views: 678

Re: Swollen Gums

Yes! But you might want to turn the pressure down a bit until it stops bleeding again. Cleaning more is the best way to get the swelling down. You might also want to try interdental brushes (I like Tepe brand best), and some specific gum-health mouthwash with chlorhexidine gluconate in. Although don...
by cs2thecox
Thu Jan 29, 2015 1:39 am
Forum: Dental Do-dads (Dental Products Q's and Comments)
Topic: Weight loss
Replies: 50
Views: 21059

Re: Weight loss

I lost a bit at the beginning when eating was just horrid, but then I realised that I could suck on squares of chocolate and drink wine... :roll:
by cs2thecox
Thu Jan 29, 2015 1:38 am
Forum: Dental Do-dads (Dental Products Q's and Comments)
Topic: Got my Waterpik!!
Replies: 44
Views: 15073

Re: Got my Waterpik!!

I don't think I've ever looked at the numbers, but mine's all the way up as far as it goes! (I only have the spam though, so I think its top pressure is a bit lower than the Ultra.)

Took me a few weeks at the beginning to build it up, but wouldn't be without it now :HugeGrin:
by cs2thecox
Wed Jan 28, 2015 4:02 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: What was the first thing everyone ate when they were off?
Replies: 20
Views: 4699

Re: What was the first thing everyone ate when they were off

Having my lingual braces off was actually kind of brutal, so I didn't feel like eating exciting stuff right away! I did have some amazing, sticky chocolate bars that I'd really been missing within a few days though. (They will have been off a week this afternoon, and I get my retainers on Friday. Th...
by cs2thecox
Wed Jan 28, 2015 3:58 am
Forum: Lingual Braces
Topic: Elastics with Lingual
Replies: 11
Views: 6582

Re: Elastics with Lingual

Kitri - I think you're totally within your rights to say you don't want brackets on the outside and are happy to accept a slightly longer treatment time. That's entirely your call, and your ortho should be able to accept that. Or maybe ask to start with elastics on the inside and see how things are ...