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by joplin
Mon Oct 27, 2008 8:01 am
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: The never ending story of Clo's braces
Replies: 137
Views: 102377

Clo, personally I would see as many orthos as it takes to get things fixed (as long as my wallet could handle it, that is). Don't feel bad about seeing yet another one, nobody's counting your orthos but you :) I know it's frustrating - I've had my own experiences of bouncing around from one doctor t...
by joplin
Sun Sep 14, 2008 11:27 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Look, no braces!
Replies: 29
Views: 8135

Actually, Clo, that seems to be the plan. The expanding was done in July, but I'm still wearing the same appliance as a retainer. The ortho's assistant suggested at the last appointment that maybe it could be replaced with a regular one (without the screw). It just bugs me a little that these things...
by joplin
Wed Sep 10, 2008 11:38 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Look, no braces!
Replies: 29
Views: 8135

Well, there was another communication mix up with my ortho. She's a specialist in that area of expertise :twisted: Turned out that now I'm using both kinds of retainers: the regular one at daytime AND the positioner at night time - both nice and gaggy. I could swear the ortho said that if I get used...
by joplin
Thu Aug 28, 2008 12:04 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Having impressions taken: here's a handy trick
Replies: 17
Views: 3219

Having impressions taken: here's a handy trick

I had dental impressions taken for a positioner the other day. That procedure always makes me gag like crazy, but this time the ortho's assistant showed me a trick that worked like a charm: while having the impression tray up your mouth, roll your ankles around. I have no idea why that helps, but it...
by joplin
Tue Aug 26, 2008 3:48 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Look, no braces!
Replies: 29
Views: 8135

Hi, Clo! Yes, the appliance did what it was expected to do and now I'm looking forward to the next thingy, the positioner, that should release me from daytime retainer wear and teach my tongue a lesson or two about not pushing my teeth any more outwards. In two months I still haven't got accustomed ...
by joplin
Mon Aug 25, 2008 3:31 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Look, no braces!
Replies: 29
Views: 8135

Thank you, diande :) Went to the dentist today: zero cavities! Everything in perfect order! YAY! The dentist filed down my left front tooth a little (where there is a little bit of the corner of the tooth missing) to make it look more in balance with the other front tooth, and it does look better now.
by joplin
Thu Aug 21, 2008 6:53 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Look, no braces!
Replies: 29
Views: 8135

Thanks, everyone! First of all: boy I love posting in the Naked Tooth section now after a long stay at Our Braces Stories :banana: The latest: I had my first post-braces appointment at the ortho's today. Turned out that there is a new tongue related problem: previously the problem was that my tongue...
by joplin
Thu Aug 14, 2008 5:31 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Free at last!! (yeah Im including pics!)
Replies: 7
Views: 3007

Looking really good! My laterals were a bit like yours when I began my treatment, see viewtopic.php?t=26496.
by joplin
Wed Jun 18, 2008 4:00 am
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: Joplin's Story (photos on page 12)
Replies: 383
Views: 132729

My ortho did a check up on my expander-retainer today. I found out that this appliance can do tricks the braces could not - hence the "2 in 1" appliance I had never seen or heard of before. My left molars are way too willing to stay in a crossbite and this expander-retainer is used to force them a l...
by joplin
Tue Jun 17, 2008 10:50 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Time frame between impressions and permanent retainers?
Replies: 5
Views: 3469

I had my bonded retainer (on lowers) put on immediately after the braces were off. When I went in to get debanded they had the lower bonded retainer ready: the lower impression was done at the appointment before that. The upper bonded retainer was put on the next day after I had expressed my own wor...
by joplin
Mon Jun 16, 2008 6:06 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Retainer breath
Replies: 13
Views: 3165

Nobody told me not to use toothpaste on my Hawley so I have. Never came to think about whether it is OK or not. I hope it is!
by joplin
Mon Jun 16, 2008 6:01 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Free... FREE!!!! With pics..
Replies: 12
Views: 4371

CONGRATULATIONS - looks great! :jump: For the first time in my life, I don't feel like covering my mouth with a hand when I smile, and am going to have to practice smiling showing teeth, because I've never done that before. I can totally relate to this after being ashamed of my teeth for three decad...
by joplin
Mon Jun 16, 2008 3:18 am
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: Joplin's Story (photos on page 12)
Replies: 383
Views: 132729

Thank you, Chris! It was a journey worth taking!
by joplin
Sun Jun 15, 2008 11:54 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: It's finally over!
Replies: 1
Views: 1270

What a lovely smile!
by joplin
Sun Jun 15, 2008 11:51 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Look, no braces!
Replies: 29
Views: 8135

Thank you, thank you, thank you! And congratulations, jjames!!!