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by SinkFullOfDinner
Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: The Bracket Club
Topic: "What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been" - Robert Hunter, Grateful Dead
Replies: 167
Views: 20023

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

I’m not sure if this is a good thing or bad thing to hear from your general dentist, but during my six month checkup she commented that “your orthodontist should do a case study write up on your case.” Apparently, she thinks the approach and complexity is interesting. Oh, yippee. I think she needs t...
by SinkFullOfDinner
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Ceramic vs Metal - Discolored teeth appearance
Replies: 4
Views: 1123

Re: Ceramic vs Metal - Discolored teeth appearance

I don't know about others, but I noticed some slight discoloration around my brackets (ceramic). I guess your ortho confirmed my assumption that the culprit was the primer they apply first. I also assume the problem happens with both metal and ceramic since they're applied the same way. Here's a sug...
by SinkFullOfDinner
Sat Jun 08, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: popping/grinding sound day after braces put on.
Replies: 2
Views: 1134

Re: popping/grinding sound day after braces put on.

I suppose the explanation could be as simple as having your jaw open that wide for that long when they were putting on the braces. That's probably the longest your jaw has ever been that stressed and out of relaxed position. If that's the cause, I'd imagine things will settle down soon, but let your...
by SinkFullOfDinner
Sun May 05, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: The Bracket Club
Topic: "What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been" - Robert Hunter, Grateful Dead
Replies: 167
Views: 20023

Re: Making progress (yay!)...and a molar tube question

Thanks, Jethro. It's good to see that you used the past tense when mentioning tmj issues. Always good to hear a success story! ...I have no idea why there would be that third rectangular tube above and to the outside of the archwire tube. It hasn't been used, and I can't for the life of me think of ...
by SinkFullOfDinner
Fri Apr 26, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: 29 - Braces Journey (terrified)
Replies: 120
Views: 18232

Re: 29 - Braces Journey (terrified)

Wow, did that turn out well, Steph!! Your ortho did a beautiful job! Now go on and get a phone with more storage to handle the crazy number of selfies you'll be taking. :D
by SinkFullOfDinner
Fri Apr 19, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: The Bracket Club
Topic: "What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been" - Robert Hunter, Grateful Dead
Replies: 167
Views: 20023

Making progress (yay!)...and a molar tube question

I'm happy to say that it feels like we're making progress! After taking what felt like a few steps backwards initially, I'm finally getting a few more back-to-back-to-back days where the TM joint pain is somewhere between "not too bad" and great. In fact, earlier this month the Joint Fairy (the temp...
by SinkFullOfDinner
Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Metal or Ceramic?
Replies: 7
Views: 417

Re: Metal or Ceramic?

Hi - Thread bomb alert! I hope it's helpful. You can find studies for almost any aspect if you’re willing to look hard enough. I researched some of the differences beforehand and got information from my ortho as well. I’ll summarize what I remember and what I experienced below. I’ve had both (mostly...
by SinkFullOfDinner
Sun Mar 17, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Gaps opening with class 2 elastics
Replies: 3
Views: 1071

Re: Gaps opening with class 2 elastics

I think that's your culprit. My understanding (from the receiving end of a similar experience) is the initial NiTi wires are great at gradually working on rotations, unraveling crowding, and initial leveling and aligning, but they don't do much with arch shape (among other things needed later). Even...
by SinkFullOfDinner
Sun Mar 17, 2019 7:08 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Gaps opening with class 2 elastics
Replies: 3
Views: 1071

Re: Gaps opening with class 2 elastics

Yes, that would seem unusual to me as well, if the only change was the addition of class II elastics. What you're describing sounds a lot more like the work of your lower archwire. Has that been changed recently (within the last two appointments)?
by SinkFullOfDinner
Fri Mar 08, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: 5 Years on
Replies: 5
Views: 785

Re: 5 Years on

If it were me, I'd probably use the essix during the day when interacting with people, and then switch to the Hawley when I got home. That way you're not broadcasting the labial wire after all these years when you're out and about, but you're not stuck wearing the essix all day. At least at home you...
by SinkFullOfDinner
Fri Mar 08, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Next appointment is to make impressions...
Replies: 12
Views: 1874

Re: Next appointment is to make impressions...

Heartofdarkness and Karla - Congrats in advance to you both! Karla, these next three days will probably feel as long as the last three years!
by SinkFullOfDinner
Fri Mar 08, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Ugh. Help. Is this a normal part of the process? Just about ready to quit treatment.
Replies: 3
Views: 2052

Re: Ugh. Help. Is this a normal part of the process? Just about ready to quit treatment.

The good news is that neither your perio nor your ortho have mentioned it, and they've been "up close and personal" very recently, and even if you think the ortho isn't looking that far up, I'd assume the perio is since that's all part of the gum tissue, which is their balliwick. However, just to be...
by SinkFullOfDinner
Mon Feb 25, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Tmj
Replies: 2
Views: 218

Re: Tmj

I was wondering if it comes on at different times in treatment for others too. Yes, I've found it fluctuates, and I don't think that's unusual if you're already prone to issues with your TM joint. And it seems to trigger for seemingly no reason, right? I think your biggest clue is this comment... M...
by SinkFullOfDinner
Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Self-Ligating Ceramic Braces
Replies: 6
Views: 383

Re: Self-Ligating Ceramic Braces

Hi - As with many things, it's a personal preference. I've had mostly ceramic (In-ovation C) and a few metal brackets and don't really notice much of a difference between them. Below is a comparison I found, so you have actual measurements if you want. The "depth" (how far they stick out from the to...
by SinkFullOfDinner
Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: My Carriere, retainer, ceramic braces journey at 31 y/o
Replies: 20
Views: 1385

Re: My Carriere, retainer, ceramic braces journey at 31 y/o

I'm sorry to hear that you had the remedial assistant (aka office dunce) doing the work, but your description of the day is hilarious! I guess the good news (maybe?) regarding the metal/ceramic mix up is that at least you know what to expect on your future debracing appointment. Am I trying too hard...