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by Speck
Fri Dec 25, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Metal or Ceramic?
Replies: 16
Views: 1355

Re: Metal or Ceramic?

I've had my braces since May of this year, top only so far, and I have ceramic on the first 6, metal on the rest. I absolutely hate my ceramic ones because they're so big and bulky, and I feel like they've made my speech so much worse because I feel like I'm always "tripping" over them. Update: I h...
by Speck
Wed Dec 23, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: One month to go
Replies: 12
Views: 1662

Re: One month to go

Retainers arrived, yesterday, five days after braces were removed. Relapse over that five day interval made it nearly impossible for the retainers to remain engaged. Things have improved quite a bit by this morning. Sucky to have teeth covered by plastic. I'm looking forward to getting Hawleys.
by Speck
Fri Dec 18, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: One month to go
Replies: 12
Views: 1662

Re: One month to go

Funny you should mention it: The top incisors look immense.
by Speck
Fri Dec 18, 2020 8:57 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: One month to go
Replies: 12
Views: 1662

Re: One month to go

I had forgotten what it's like to have smooth teeth. The post de-bracing lunch, yesterday, was the best meal I'd had in two years, two weeks, and five days time. :lol: Retainers will be ready by next Tuesday.
by Speck
Sun Dec 13, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: One month to go
Replies: 12
Views: 1662

Re: One month to go

djspeece wrote:
Sat Dec 12, 2020 9:11 am
I guess this is your last weekend in braces! Congrats again, Andy! :gavel:
Thanks, Dan--indeed it is! :jump:
by Speck
Thu Dec 10, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Switched from Invisalign to Metal Braces
Replies: 4
Views: 1094

Re: Switched from Invisalign to Metal Braces

Typical day for me during Invisalign treatment: Pull aligners for breakfast. Have coffee/breakfast. Floss and brush. Reinstall aligners. Pull aligners for Lunch. Rinse aligners. Have lunch. Floss and Brush. Reinstall aligners. Pull aligners for afternoon coffee/snack. Rinse aligners. Have coffee/sna...
by Speck
Thu Dec 10, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Switched from Invisalign to Metal Braces
Replies: 4
Views: 1094

Re: Switched from Invisalign to Metal Braces

The projected eighteen-to-twenty-four-months of treatment didn't seem so bad. At least at first. Then around five months into treatment the ortho told me that I'd be guaranteed to go into refinement stages. That reality combined with the daily hassle of brushing and flossing (around 825 brushing and...
by Speck
Sun Dec 06, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Switched from Invisalign to Metal Braces
Replies: 4
Views: 1094

Re: Switched from Invisalign to Metal Braces

Yep. I'm glad to have switched early on. The year will be up before you know it.
by Speck
Sat Dec 05, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: One month to go
Replies: 12
Views: 1662

Re: One month to go

Congratulations on approaching this huge milestone! Thanks, Dan! Only twelve days to go, but who's counting? I'm pleased with the results. The first set of retainers will be Essix; the ortho says the Hawley retainer will not close gaps between banded molars but has agreed to provide a set of them o...
by Speck
Sun Nov 29, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: One month to go
Replies: 12
Views: 1662

Re: One month to go

Thank you @Jethro. The ortho said to start off with Essix retainers in order to close the gaps between banded molars, then get Hawleys. Apparently some people start off with Hawleys and my guess is that they will close the gaps between molars. Dunno. I will have a conversation with the ortho. I am i...
by Speck
Wed Nov 25, 2020 8:27 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: One month to go
Replies: 12
Views: 1662

Re: One month to go

Thank you, that's helpful.
by Speck
Wed Nov 18, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: One month to go
Replies: 12
Views: 1662

One month to go

Howdy. The day braces will be removed is just around the corner. My dentist recommended wire retainers at the last appointment as they will allow greater ease of dental treatment (e.g., bonding, etc.). My ortho says that wire-style reatiners (i.e., Hawleys) are massively uncomfortable. I'd like to h...
by Speck
Tue Oct 20, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: The Bracket Club
Topic: Soon to be newbie with clear and metal
Replies: 5
Views: 2258

Re: Soon to be newbie with clear and metal

Edited: Howdy. I'm well into treatment and remember that early on I had a wonky bite for quite awhile; slowly it improved. At this point in time into treatment (22 months and change), it almost feels right. I can sense that the bite still isn't quite right when I eat certain foods like grapes, melon...
by Speck
Sun Oct 18, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: The Bracket Club
Topic: Soon to be newbie with clear and metal
Replies: 5
Views: 2258

Re: Soon to be newbie with clear and metal

Howdy. I'm well into treatment and remember that early on I had a wonky bite for quite awhile; slowly it improved. At this point in time into treatment (22 weeks and change), it almost feels right. I can sense that the bite still isn't quite right when I eat certain foods like grapes, melon, etc., a...
by Speck
Fri Oct 16, 2020 7:14 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Best way to clean a clear retainer - hints and tips please!
Replies: 12
Views: 3151

Re: Best way to clean a clear retainer - hints and tips please!

Surgical scrub brush and liquid dishwashing detergent; quick, easy, effective.