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by assertives
Sun Mar 29, 2020 12:06 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: How often do you clean your hawley retainers?
Replies: 4
Views: 4067

Re: How often do you clean your hawley retainers?

I clean them daily. I brush with water once to get off whatever residue left on them over the night, and then brush them with castile soap to clean them when I take them off every morning. I soak them in retainer brite cleaning tablets once a week.
by assertives
Sat Mar 28, 2020 11:41 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: tooth moved behind other tooth and ortho cant fix it!!
Replies: 2
Views: 654

Re: tooth moved behind other tooth and ortho cant fix it!!

I'm finding it abit hard to picture this. When you say the tooth has moved totally behind your central incisor, did you mean it's now kind of "stacked" one on top of the other like the way you'd stack plates in a cupboard? If so, that's alot of movement on it's own for just a month! I'm not an ortho...
by assertives
Sun Mar 22, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: COVID19 - can't get my braces off for foreseeable future!
Replies: 10
Views: 1146

Re: COVID19 - can't get my braces off for foreseeable future!

djspeece wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 6:53 am
Best wishes to all of you for good health, and patience.
I'm heading into my first hospital (Aultman, in Canton Ohio), where my career started 50 years ago, to volunteer my services as an RN. Wish me luck.
Stay safe!
by assertives
Thu Mar 19, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: COVID19 - can't get my braces off for foreseeable future!
Replies: 10
Views: 1146

Re: COVID19 - can't get my braces off for foreseeable future!

A friend of mine was scheduled to get her braces off this week before her wedding. She went on a rant about how all appointments are cancelled with the exception of emergencies and that getting her braces off is not considered an emergency. Her wedding is still on in 3 weeks and has no clue how she...
by assertives
Wed Jan 22, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Essix vs Hawley
Replies: 3
Views: 2705

Re: Essix vs Hawley

I have both the essix and the hawley. I was told to wear the essix in the daytime and hawleys at night. I'm supposed to wear my retainers for 24/7 and to only take them out when brushing and eating. I don't wear my essix retainers when I eat or drink anything that's not water. It does stains quite e...
by assertives
Sun Jan 12, 2020 6:58 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: The Painnnn - Root Canals?
Replies: 2
Views: 2571

Re: The Painnnn - Root Canals?

I've never had a root canal before, so I can't really comment on that. But I just wanted to chime in and say if your retainers aren't comfortable, this is a good time to go back to your ortho and get them adjusted or even get new ones made since getting a root canal (and crown) will probably change ...
by assertives
Mon Dec 09, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Bruxism & what type of arch wire withstands the least breakage?
Replies: 6
Views: 3240

Re: Bruxism & what type of arch wire withstands the least breakage?

Well, the obvious one is, quit your job. Reading your post reminded me of someone. A friend of a friend have been nursing a nasty cough for 2 years, took medications, seen specialists, took scans, all came out negative. But still, the cough wouldn't go away. So my friend suggested to her to quit her...
by assertives
Wed Nov 13, 2019 3:53 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Black Triangles?
Replies: 3
Views: 3559

Re: Black Triangles?

The ortho is the one that does the shaving, and yes, you need the braces to close the gaps after shaving, so it has to happen before debanding. Bring it up to your ortho and ask for it to be done.
by assertives
Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Retainer replacement after not wearing for many years?
Replies: 6
Views: 4401

Re: Retainer replacement after not wearing for many years?

Your family will get over it pretty quickly. As for your coworkers or other friends, my experience is that they either don't notice or care. I have had coworkers from a neighboring team ask me a year into treatment since when did I get braces, and my hair dresser who I've been to for the past 6 year...
by assertives
Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Getting braces for the second time at 25
Replies: 5
Views: 3148

Re: Getting braces for the second time at 25

Ceramics are not really not noticeable. You can definitely still notice them. I have found that with ceramics, people don't really recognize immediately that you have braces from afar, and would sometimes stare because it looks like you have something on your teeth, but don't know what. At least wit...
by assertives
Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Orthodontist suggests surgery, any advise would be appreciated.
Replies: 15
Views: 3542

Re: Orthodontist suggests surgery, any advise would be appreciated.

If your bite issues are due to skeletal discrepancies that are significant enough for several orthos to recommend surgery, sounds like you may be one of those who definitely need surgery. Especially since you've already experienced first hand a relapse after having gone through one round of treatmen...
by assertives
Mon Oct 21, 2019 1:07 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Contouring
Replies: 1
Views: 2885

Re: Contouring

That perfect Hollywood smile is likely due to veneers and not something just braces alone can achieve. Most people don't have perfect teeth, and we all have teeth that are worn differently and or have different shapes and sizes, etc. So you are definitely not alone. I have a canine that is much thic...
by assertives
Sun Oct 20, 2019 5:46 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Second Opinion Before Braces Off?
Replies: 3
Views: 2959

Re: Second Opinion Before Braces Off?

I did. I'm actually still in braces. The "minor" adjustments (mainly bite and alignment related) that I wanted ended up adding almost an entire year (and counting) to my original projected treatment duration. Things are almost there now, although some of the adjustments I wanted were not really achi...
by assertives
Fri Oct 18, 2019 1:01 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Are final wires only for arch or do they also pull teeth down?
Replies: 1
Views: 2902

Re: Are final wires only for arch or do they also pull teeth down?

It depends on what your ortho is currently working on. Did you mention to him/her about wanting your laterals to come down more? If your ortho isn't working on them, or adding any bends to your wires, it's not going to come down. That said, it does sound like a minor tweak that is likely to be corre...
by assertives
Thu Oct 17, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Second Opinion Before Braces Off?
Replies: 3
Views: 2959

Re: Second Opinion Before Braces Off?

I almost did, but ultimately didn't go ahead with it. I even got to the point of emailing a couple of ortho offices to enquire if they provide 2nd opinions. I too had a couple of "minor" tweaks I wasn't happy about and wanted to correct when my ortho said the braces could come off in a month. My ort...