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by Infamy
Wed Dec 14, 2005 10:00 am
Forum: Archive: Ask the Doc
Topic: Question for Docs : Powerchain removed and rubber thread now
Replies: 1
Views: 784

When I had braces I had these a couple of times. In fact, in my final month, I was being prepared for my bonded upper retainer. My upper left lateral incisor was still rotated a bit, so my ortho used some thread to actually move the tooth (right then and there) to the proper position before adding t...
by Infamy
Sat Dec 03, 2005 9:41 am
Forum: Archive: Ask the Doc
Topic: Docs: Is it normal to have visits every 2 weeks?
Replies: 10
Views: 1998

Also, implants in no way predispose one to infection and absolutely in no way infer that your orthodontist is inexperienced and/or uncomfortable. Are you saying that having little metal things stuck into your gums and/or bone does not increase the risk of infection? Sure, after I awhile I'm sure th...
by Infamy
Fri Dec 02, 2005 10:27 pm
Forum: Archive: Ask the Doc
Topic: Docs: Is it normal to have visits every 2 weeks?
Replies: 10
Views: 1998

You have what most people do not: anchors. With anchors there are increased risk of infection and other issues. This is also, if I understand correctly, a fairly new method of treatment, so the doctor is probably not as experienced as he or she would like to be.
by Infamy
Wed Nov 23, 2005 4:17 pm
Forum: Archive: Ask the Doc
Topic: Types of Veneers
Replies: 1
Views: 706

Porcelain veneers will not stain and would probably last longer, but would be more expensive than most alternatives.
by Infamy
Sun Nov 20, 2005 12:14 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: What kind of brace do you have?
Replies: 7
Views: 1289

Ceramic braces do not stain, either.
by Infamy
Sun Nov 20, 2005 11:47 am
Forum: Archive: Ask the Doc
Topic: I'm kinda freaking out here...
Replies: 6
Views: 1430

I had only one extraction. My midline was off pre-treatment and I also had some mild crowdy on top.

I got my braces off on Wednesday and my midline is perfect.

Don't worry about it.
by Infamy
Mon Nov 07, 2005 3:06 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Permanent retainer (small metal placed behind your teeth)
Replies: 3
Views: 1163

Yes, you can get permanent retainers on the top and bottom. However, your occlusion may not allow that. While you can always request permanent retainers, that's not guarantee that you will receive them. Your orthodontist will tell you what retainer is best for your situation. For me, I have permanen...
by Infamy
Fri Nov 04, 2005 11:49 am
Forum: Archive: Ask the Doc
Topic: Mouth-breathers' teeth move faster???
Replies: 5
Views: 1336

I have no idea if that is true, but my very novice theory for that may be that people who breath through their mouth usually have their teeth apart during the time that they breath, thus preventing teeth being in an occlusional state and allowing the teeth to move more freely. Of course, this may be...
by Infamy
Tue Oct 25, 2005 10:58 am
Forum: Archive: Ask the Doc
Topic: Whitening.
Replies: 2
Views: 1122

Thanks for the response.
by Infamy
Mon Oct 24, 2005 9:40 pm
Forum: Archive: Ask the Doc
Topic: Whitening.
Replies: 2
Views: 1122

Whitening.

Hi Dr. J and Randall, I have a couple of questions. I am scheduled to have my braces removed on November 19th. After removal, of course, I'm going to be interested in whitening my teeth, as I have some decalicifcation on many of my teeth, due to my lack of oral hygiene when I was younger. I already ...
by Infamy
Sat Oct 15, 2005 8:15 am
Forum: Archive: Ask the Doc
Topic: question about getting new stuff to close gaps faster
Replies: 3
Views: 960

It's just a loop (or several) in the wire.
by Infamy
Fri Oct 07, 2005 12:17 pm
Forum: Archive: Ask the Doc
Topic: How do you know when you're done?
Replies: 5
Views: 1375

Everyone's teeth will move at different speeds. One way to know is when you get an x-ray to ensure proper root position. If they are in the proper position, or close, your orthodontist will start finalizing your treatment. This is a good indicator that you are close. If they're currently moving the ...
by Infamy
Fri Oct 07, 2005 12:14 pm
Forum: Archive: Ask the Doc
Topic: Should I be disturbed?
Replies: 12
Views: 2292

Talk to your orthodontist. In most cases, the orthodontist IS the boss and owns the practice. Tell him/her how you were treated and how unacceptable it is. If he insists that his employees were in the right, ask if he can refer you to another orthodontist. You are not there for them; they are there ...
by Infamy
Tue Oct 04, 2005 4:25 pm
Forum: Archive: Ask the Doc
Topic: What does a T-Bar do?
Replies: 3
Views: 1431

It's likely a Transpalatal arch.

Does it look similar to this? http://www.fine.com.au/images/transpalatal.jpg
by Infamy
Sat Oct 01, 2005 9:51 am
Forum: Archive: Ask the Doc
Topic: can i cut my own wires?
Replies: 9
Views: 1965

Joanne, It may be much easier for you to just use the end (eraser) of a new pencil to bend the wire to a more comfortable position until you are able to see your ortho (assistant) to cut the wire. I've tried to cut my own, bothersome wires before and it's an almost possible task to do on yourself! l...