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by whitney555
Sun Nov 06, 2016 11:33 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: How long did you use wax for?
Replies: 18
Views: 1260

Re: How long did you use wax for?

I used it for the first two months, mainly where the posts on my brackets would carve out little ruts into the inside of my lip. Those took forever to heal, and eventually even the wax didn't help any more because the cuts got too big. I got so frustrated at the wax that I just started shoving piece...
by whitney555
Sat Nov 05, 2016 9:32 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Rubber bands - how the heck to get them on?
Replies: 6
Views: 365

Re: Rubber bands - how the heck to get them on?

Welcome to the club! It'll soon become second nature to put them on, but it does take a bit of practice. I've only had two configurations, but I've found I can only put them on using the hand opposite the side the elastic is going on. I also always hook it on the tooth that's further back first and ...
by whitney555
Tue Sep 27, 2016 9:29 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Can't drink without swishing
Replies: 15
Views: 2462

Re: Can't drink without swishing

I swish all the time, so much so that it's become a habit where I'll swish whatever I'm drinking. Usually it's water, which is refreshing, but sometimes it's coffee, which is gross. Whoops! I'm not shy about swishing because it's a lot less gross than going in and picking stuff out (which I still do...
by whitney555
Tue Sep 27, 2016 9:23 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Bad smell when changing wires
Replies: 8
Views: 4258

Re: Bad smell when changing wires

I'm in the same boat, and I also suspect it's bacteria getting built up around the gates (I have damons also). I try to take advantage when they let me brush with the wires out at my appointments, but that only does so much when the appointments are 6-10 weeks apart. I use listerine most of the time...
by whitney555
Fri Sep 23, 2016 9:54 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Floss doesn't fit between my teeth
Replies: 6
Views: 2425

Re: Floss doesn't fit between my teeth

When I use floss threaders, I don't actually thread it through the wire, I thread it straight through the base of my teeth by the gumline so that I can skip the step of forcing the floss into the space between my teeth. It's generally easier to pull the floss out of a tight space than to push it int...
by whitney555
Sat Sep 17, 2016 2:11 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Any1 else had to wear elastics for this long?
Replies: 8
Views: 832

Re: Any1 else had to wear elastics for this long?

I've had to wear elastics since the beginning (11 months now), and I kind of just assume I'll be wearing them the whole time. My treatment is winding down (hopefully done by the end of the year), but there's been no talk of ditching the elastics. At least I've never known anything different, so if I...
by whitney555
Fri May 27, 2016 3:57 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Sleeping with braces
Replies: 14
Views: 1949

Re: Sleeping with braces

A couple of times I've woken myself up by biting my tongue, which is definitely not something I did before braces. I'm guessing its because my bite is shifting constantly (even if just a little bit) and my tongue has to keep up? Otherwise, my big problem with sleeping is that I usually wake up with ...
by whitney555
Fri May 27, 2016 3:46 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: How often do you get professional cleanings with braces?
Replies: 11
Views: 978

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

I've only noticed a little extra tartar buildup, but I've managed to scrape most of it off myself with a proxabrush
by whitney555
Fri May 27, 2016 3:42 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: What does everybody put in smoothies?
Replies: 25
Views: 1630

Re: What does everybody put in smoothies?

My go-to is almond milk, chocolate protein powder, banana, and (if I have it and I'm feeling fancy) avocado. Only recommended if you like your smoothies the consistency of soft-serve ice cream (but who wouldn't??)
by whitney555
Fri May 27, 2016 3:28 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: nervous
Replies: 56
Views: 2870

Re: nervous

I've been wearing elastics since the day I got my braces! I think they are used to fix a variety of things so can be used at any point in the treatment. I believe in the beginning mine were used to "make room" for my crowded upper front teeth to unrotate/disengage. They never cut my mouth, just rubb...
by whitney555
Fri May 27, 2016 3:13 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Time off work with new braces?
Replies: 11
Views: 1032

Re: Time off work with new braces?

I went to work right after getting mine on, and it was definitely awkward but I don't think taking a few days off would've helped me personally. It took me at least a week or two (hard to recall the exact amount of time now) to start sounding normal again. Even seven months in I'll still occasionall...
by whitney555
Fri May 27, 2016 3:08 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Which elastics were you assigned to so far???
Replies: 52
Views: 20054

Re: Which elastics were you assigned to so far???

I've been in elastics the whole 7 months I've been braced. I started in Quails (3/16", 2oz) which are very light, and I eventually figured out how to eat with them in without snapping them off most of the time. At my adjustment this week they bumped me up to Rabbits (3/16", 3.5oz) which are medium/h...
by whitney555
Fri May 27, 2016 2:52 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: What are your worst braces symptoms?
Replies: 57
Views: 5489

Re: What are your worst braces symptoms?

Relearning how to eat and talk was pretty awkward, but the worst part by far was all of the cuts and sores inside my cheeks and lips. All of my brackets except for the ones on my incisors have posts and hooks on them for elastics, and for the first couple of months two of them would keep cutting my ...
by whitney555
Fri May 27, 2016 1:37 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Poll: At What Age Did You Get Your Braces?
Replies: 1090
Views: 181384

Re: Poll: At What Age Did You Get Your Braces?

I got mine a week after turning 28! I guess you could call it a birthday present to myself