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by Speck
Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Molar and pre-molar banding
Replies: 6
Views: 615

Re: Molar and pre-molar banding

One would assume that bands are absolutely reliable, right? So far I've had one come loose and another break. Oddly enough, none of the glued-on brackets have failed. YMMV.

Wishing you a smooth orthodontic treatment!
by Speck
Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: Now, with both arches on -
Replies: 6
Views: 498

Re: Now, with both arches on -

Braces AND bite-blocks--ugh. Orthodontic treatment is certainly no picnic.

Best of luck to you!
by Speck
Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:20 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Finishing Phase/Retie
Replies: 6
Views: 1060

Re: Finishing Phase/Retie

Handling the trays and routinely having hands in and out of my mouth, particularly during the cold and flu season, was worrisome. And, frankly, daily management of aligners became an intolerable hassle.
by Speck
Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Finishing Phase/Retie
Replies: 6
Views: 1060

Re: Finishing Phase/Retie

Good question. I've sniffed around the web and found little information on what, specifically, happens following the initial treatment phase. I will start the next phase of treatment in around a week and have been told that it will focus on aligning roots. My guess is the ortho will study the panore...
by Speck
Thu Jun 13, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: How long were you on Niti wires?
Replies: 7
Views: 3052

Re: How long were you on Niti wires?

Hi, Gia! I trust treatment is going well? If you don't mind sharing: What is the method by which the ortho is intruding your incisors
by Speck
Thu Jun 06, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: powerchain pain?
Replies: 35
Views: 63125

Re: powerchain pain?

Six + months into braces and elastomer chains (top & bottom) were placed around 29 hours ago. But who's counting? Good golly, spacers were a painful experience but these things take a close second place. And in just over a day's time my bite has gone wonky? Yep. I managed to knock down a sandwich to...
by Speck
Tue Jun 04, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Jaw surgery necessary to correct underbite/open bite?
Replies: 1
Views: 461

Re: Jaw surgery necessary to correct underbite/open bite?

Lynn (board admin.) is very nice. I recommend sending her a PM with your request.
by Speck
Tue Jun 04, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Clarity Braces
Replies: 3
Views: 366

Re: Clarity Braces

Do you have any issues sleeping? I’m reading on other sites that some people can’t sleep on their side because their braces dig into their mouth, but maybe that’s just with traditional metal braces. Howdy. I have traditional metal braces and haven't had any discomfort while sleeping on my side. And...
by Speck
Thu May 30, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Class II elastics causing gaps?
Replies: 6
Views: 2611

Re: Class II elastics causing gaps?

Gaps like this? It’s not clear if the gaps formed as a result of force(s) exerted by elastics, arch-wire, or both. The elastics are on both sides in identical box configurations; similar to triangle, class II. I hope this helps!
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by Speck
Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:42 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: First powerchain and rectangular wire
Replies: 5
Views: 2895

Re: First powerchain and rectangular wire

Hi, Gia, your ortho is very thoughtful, indeed! Not knowing ahead of time exactly what the next appointment will bring likely reduces interim "spin"? Seems reasonable. BTW, bravo for pushing it on the last appointment! Taking a day off work and allowing for the head to adjust makes really good sense...
by Speck
Mon Apr 29, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: First powerchain and rectangular wire
Replies: 5
Views: 2895

Re: First powerchain and rectangular wire

You and I are in nearly the same boat, Gia. No elastomer chain(s) for me as yet, but rectangular wires top and bottom and twelve-going-on-eighteen weeks with 3mm super heavy elastics. Most recent appointment was last Wednesday and ugh. Anyway, like @assertives said, hang in there!
by Speck
Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Treatment and resultant lisp?
Replies: 9
Views: 2638

Re: Treatment and resultant lisp?

Thanks for the comments! The slur-lisp I have hasn't really changed. At times it's more difficult to control than others. A friend told me that he hadn't picked up on it, so that's nice to know. And though stretching lips out helps, doing so is unnatural for me, so I don't make a habit of doing it. ...
by Speck
Sun Mar 31, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: The Bracket Club
Topic: Braces Newb at 28
Replies: 10
Views: 474

Re: Braces Newb at 28

Best of luck to you.