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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: 163
Views: 17714

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: 185

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: 103

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: 103

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: 4
Views: 521

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: 645

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: 2
Views: 205

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: 139

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: 208

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: 1020

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...
by SinkFullOfDinner
Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Power chains not closing gap.
Replies: 2
Views: 144

Re: Power chains not closing gap.

Hey HB - Sorry to hear you're stuck in slow motion. It's really frustrating when gaps are slow to respond. Obviously, follow your ortho's instructions because he/she has a plan. I have no idea if your elastic setup is prone to causing or closing gaps. Assertives' configuration obviously helped close...
by SinkFullOfDinner
Thu Feb 07, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: The Bracket Club
Topic: "What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been" - Robert Hunter, Grateful Dead
Replies: 163
Views: 17714

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

...but I am good at making things up and providing SWAGs on demand. It sounds like you and my ortho have a lot in common! So, I'd say you'll be fine when your TMJ surrenders to the righteousness of proper anatomical alignment any day now. That would be nice, but unfortunately, I don't think my orth...
by SinkFullOfDinner
Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: The Bracket Club
Topic: "What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been" - Robert Hunter, Grateful Dead
Replies: 163
Views: 17714

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

I really should have realized that when you move from a splint to braces, all of the relief that came from the splint settling your TM joint goes out the window too. Obvious, right? Not to me. Holy moly (and some other four-letter words) my jaw has not been happy these last few weeks. It has definit...
by SinkFullOfDinner
Thu Dec 27, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: Braces story - 28 years old
Replies: 42
Views: 2419

Re: Braces story - 28 years old

...lots of little gaps that have opened up in the last month... Is it crazy to be hoping for a powerchain to close it up LOL. I heard silver powerchains stain... any recommendations for a good colour choice if I am given that option? Or have you had a good experience with silver not staining? Not c...
by SinkFullOfDinner
Wed Dec 19, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: The Bracket Club
Topic: "What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been" - Robert Hunter, Grateful Dead
Replies: 163
Views: 17714

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

Jaw pain is right up there with a bum thumb; you don't realize how often you use it until it hurts every time you do. Truth As for the candy canes; smack them on the table a couple times and eat the pieces... Brilliant! How about a combo deal in which I break it on the table, put the pieces in the ...