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by dimeech
Fri Nov 07, 2008 3:09 pm
Forum: Monthly Braces Poll
Topic: November Braces Poll
Replies: 19
Views: 19888

NO. I take advantage of my Flexible Spending plan from work, so I know I will get reimbursed and get the tax benefits, too.
by dimeech
Sat Nov 01, 2008 12:14 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: What Do Springs Do??
Replies: 5
Views: 905

he coil/spring is there to move the teeth on either side to create more space so that upper tooth can be re-aligned (and also so that the bracket can be put back on when that happens so the bottoms don't knock it off again).
by dimeech
Sat Nov 01, 2008 10:26 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: help! - Bleeding
Replies: 4
Views: 961

Hi- I would keep up w/the flossing/brushing routine and if you have a waterpik (or similar device) use it, too. The area may or may not be a little ouchy, but it should clear up if you're vigilant for several days. You can also always try the warm water + salt rinse or Listerine, if you're into mout...
by dimeech
Sat Oct 25, 2008 5:43 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: while braced: retainer on other arch
Replies: 0
Views: 623

while braced: retainer on other arch

I will be getting a retainer for my lower arch (upper arch is already braced), and was wondering what it might look like or if it has a specific name (ortho didn't say, and I totally forgot to ask!!). (An upper canine (baby tooth)will be pulled, the adult snaggly canine that grew in behind will be b...
by dimeech
Sat Oct 25, 2008 5:02 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: scared to floss
Replies: 17
Views: 3140

YES< you still need to try to floss, even when they hurt. That being said: If your teeth are that ouchie (and they probably will be at some point), just use a waterpik if flossing hurts so bad that you can't/won't do it! Just keep the pressure low (like 2-4 on the dial). No flossing do-dad will real...
by dimeech
Fri Sep 05, 2008 12:11 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: HELP! Save my anniversary!
Replies: 11
Views: 1351

Lauren-
The spacers (for me, anyway) didn't cause "pain" so much as discomfort... they feel like you have meat or something stuck between your teeth. I probably wouldn't reschedule your life around them or anything but you may not feel like eating a whole lot! Good luck!
by dimeech
Thu May 08, 2008 6:05 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: spacer yesterday
Replies: 9
Views: 1307

Mine were in for two weeks, but the ortho hinted that fitting the molar bands would've been easier if they had been in longer. I agreed :)
It really wasn't bad, though!
by dimeech
Thu May 08, 2008 5:59 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: I'm gonna get a band (pics)
Replies: 6
Views: 2378

Mine were only very slightly uncomfy while getting the bands sized, but once they were on, they don't feel any different than any other teeth (braced or not!!), and I was soo worried they would hurt alot! Mine seem to be on just perfectly, and I don't seem to really get any food stuck in that area s...
by dimeech
Mon May 05, 2008 4:26 pm
Forum: Dental Do-dads (Dental Products Q's and Comments)
Topic: What did your ortho "give" you?
Replies: 239
Views: 94991

Wax (I already had some, though)
Threaders (these are better than the ones I had already bought)
"christmas tree" brushes (I like the ones I bought myself better)
THE OBLIGATORY PAMPHLET... sponsored by Sonicare (already had one of those, too)
by dimeech
Mon May 05, 2008 4:22 pm
Forum: Dental Do-dads (Dental Products Q's and Comments)
Topic: I hate my waterpik
Replies: 2
Views: 2180

Hi! All you need to do is hang your head over the sink (parallel) so that your eyes are looking down into the drain area. Gross, but you need to do this so that the water will run out of your mouth, and into the drain, not onto your shirt!! Also, I find it helpful to keep my mouth OPEN while waterpi...
by dimeech
Sun Apr 13, 2008 12:32 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: No spacers not removals...Very surprised.
Replies: 3
Views: 663

Hi- Well, I an guessing you would only need to have teeth removed if there just wasn't enough room due to crowding to fit all your teeth, so obviously it's a very good thing b/c you get to keep all your teeth!! You would only need spacers (I'm guessing) if your ortho thought that bands wouldn't fit ...
by dimeech
Mon Mar 17, 2008 4:05 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Starting My New Job
Replies: 13
Views: 1484

Hi Silly! If I were you I'd just hop on board and get them ASAP b/c it seems you are also eager to get braced. I doubt your peeps will think you are less "professional"! Good Luck!
by dimeech
Mon Mar 17, 2008 4:02 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Placement of brackets
Replies: 9
Views: 1190

I think you're right about the placement depending on the specific force/movement your ortho needs. That being said- mine will go on at about the center.
by dimeech
Sat Mar 15, 2008 6:33 am
Forum: Dental Do-dads (Dental Products Q's and Comments)
Topic: Can a Waterpik replace flossing?
Replies: 8
Views: 5813

I just asked my ortho the other day about the absolute need to floss every day. Ha said in a PERFECT world: do it every day. He also said in REALITY: people (even w/braces) do not do it nearly enough- aka probably 1-2 times per week. I said what if I floss e/o day and waterpick daily.... he said tha...
by dimeech
Sat Mar 15, 2008 6:24 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Questions: 30-something Dating; IPR
Replies: 3
Views: 723

I don't think I'll be going the IPR route... but I am a bit concerned about the dating thing too! I am 32. (Will be braced in a month or so.) I also just moved a few months ago, and I'm afraid I may be a little less approachable if I'm feeling self-conscious. (Should note that I DO have a boyfriend,...