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by assertives
Wed Jan 22, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Essix vs Hawley
Replies: 2
Views: 151

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: 214

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: 740

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: 2
Views: 1160

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: 1833

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: 1597

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: 2205

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: 1625

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: 1709

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: 1658

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: 1709

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...
by assertives
Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: How long before they put on your lower brace?
Replies: 1
Views: 1774

Re: How long before they put on your lower brace?

I think it depends on what your bite is like before you got your braces and how fast your teeth moves. Personally, I got my lower ones 2 or 3 weeks after my top ones. My top and bottom teeth were not really in conflict though. My coworker who went to the same ortho as me got her lower ones first and...
by assertives
Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Orthodontist suggests surgery, any advise would be appreciated.
Replies: 15
Views: 2205

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

The question is if I relapsed after the first round of treatment were mistakes made or is surgery the only viable avenue. I feel like there's a lot of pressure being applied on me suggesting that 1) no functional improvement can be made 2) the risks of side effects are insignificant which just isn'...
by assertives
Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Orthodontist suggests surgery, any advise would be appreciated.
Replies: 15
Views: 2205

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

From what I gathered, if your malocclusion is due to a skeletal issue, then you'll likely need surgery to correct, as braces alone may either not fully correct your bite problems, or your result will not be stable. If it was a dental issue, then braces and elastics could be sufficient. If yours was ...
by assertives
Tue Oct 08, 2019 3:14 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Moving molars forward
Replies: 10
Views: 2157

Re: Moving molars forward

No tads, my ortho just used powerchains. But mine was for the lower arch though, which are supposedly harder to move than the upper ones because of the bone density in the mandible (I think I read about it somewhere but I'm not sure I remembered correctly). I did get my 2nd premolars extracted on th...