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by Filip
Sun Nov 02, 2008 10:29 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: THINNING of face during braces
Replies: 140
Views: 91968

I'm 36, in treatment since Feb 07. My face has clearly changed. Cheekbones more prominent. I think my RPE expander caused most change, and then add the braces effect. I think (hope) that when the braces are removed, the cheeks will fill in a bit. No teeth extracted, no weight loss, still people said...
by Filip
Sun Nov 02, 2008 10:22 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: help! - Bleeding
Replies: 4
Views: 1006

Sounds like you have something stuck close to the gums, creating bacteria. This can lead to Gingivitis. Just happened to me. The cure is TO CLEAN BETTER (not to avoid cleaning the sensitive/bleeding area). You should use floss around your molar bands. Use a floss threader to get behind the wires. Cl...
by Filip
Sun Nov 02, 2008 10:12 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: I would really value your opinion ......
Replies: 20
Views: 2502

I'm with DireWire on this one - I would be VERY, VERY cautious in removing healthy/natural teeth. I'm subjetive in my opinion, I had a premolar (i.e. tooth after eye tooth) in my upper jaw removed at the age of 12 to "create more space". The result was asymmetry, which in my opinion has caused sligh...
by Filip
Tue Apr 08, 2008 2:39 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Bad Breath
Replies: 3
Views: 1193

I feel cleaner than ever with my braces dental hygiene. Here's what I do: I brush 3 times a day I begin with a Waterpick: Upper inside, chewing area, upper outside at 45 degree angle aiming upwards to clean the bottom side of the upper braces, and inbetween teeth/braces. Then upper outside at 45 deg...
by Filip
Sat Apr 05, 2008 12:12 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: ARRGGHH! 2nd opinion: totally different approach
Replies: 4
Views: 898

I would also go down the conservative route - no extractions until absolutely necessary, and confirmed by a second (and third) opinion. Extracting teeth, especially 1 tooth as opposed to 2, could alter the symmetry of the teeth/mouth. Be very careful about extracting perfectly healthy teeth. I would...
by Filip
Thu Apr 03, 2008 2:36 am
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: Filip's journey- 10 months - still hanging in there (pics)
Replies: 44
Views: 23935

10 month update - still hanging in there (pictures)

It’s been a while - time for an update. Ten months have now passed since I was braced. At first only the 4 front uppers were braced, so in reality it’s only been 8 months with full uppers. The lowers came on in September, so they’ve been on for about 7 months. I had a low point around Xmas tim...
by Filip
Tue Apr 01, 2008 2:04 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Help! not your usual pre-brace worries (Pics)
Replies: 13
Views: 5389

Pearls, your canines will be aligned along the arch with braces. Any imperfections in shape, chips etc. can be fixed with veneers, so I wouldn't worry about those. I am a Class II, Div 2, deep bite. You can look at my profile if you want some point of reference. You will see how my teeth, which are ...
by Filip
Tue Apr 01, 2008 1:16 pm
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: Housenka's story - 10 months in braces... (pics)
Replies: 8
Views: 4378

Looking very good Monika. Both your uppers and lowers and coming along really well.
by Filip
Fri Mar 28, 2008 12:26 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Me and my Waterpik - the dream is over...
Replies: 12
Views: 2992

Lola, sorry, I couldn't resist a silent smile when I read your story. :lol: Most European and Asian countries use 220V while many American nations are on 110V. No wonder why the whole kitchen also reacted :lol: Make sure you get one that is suitable for the US market, i.e. 110V. And yes, I do swear ...
by Filip
Tue Feb 05, 2008 1:12 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: expanding palate 8mm without surgery possible?
Replies: 16
Views: 2852

I am 35 and had an RPE (fixed) for a total of 5 months. My results are clear: at least 7mm expansion and permanent. I know so because my face has become wider, I can see how my cheekbones are wider, more defined than before. However, I doubt the effectiveness of a removable appliance, and "taking ti...
by Filip
Tue Jan 29, 2008 3:22 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Update on refusal to wear elastics to close my open bite
Replies: 10
Views: 1776

Spanner

Three words:

THE DOG WHISPERER
by Filip
Mon Jan 28, 2008 4:50 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: lower arch expansion - changes to facial appearance?
Replies: 6
Views: 5055

Another point that I want to make about the "bone vs. dental-only" changes in adults having undergone RPE expansion, is that, to me, it doesn't matter. I have facial changes, period. For the lower jaw, things are probably different as there is no palatal "crack", so I would guess, as being inferred ...
by Filip
Sun Jan 27, 2008 9:13 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: lower arch expansion - changes to facial appearance?
Replies: 6
Views: 5055

I had an upper RPE, with expansion during 30 days. My face has changed; become wider across the "sideburn" area and more pronounced cheek bones. I am 35. No expansion done on the lower jaw. My recommendation is first to get good explanations of the proposed treatment plans from the OD. In terms of f...
by Filip
Fri Jan 25, 2008 8:31 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Does anyone have their 2nd molars banded?
Replies: 32
Views: 3977

my lower 2nd molars will be tubad/bracketed to help level the lower arch, i.e. raise the first molar and bicuspids to help open the bite
by Filip
Fri Jan 25, 2008 8:20 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Palatal Expander question?
Replies: 4
Views: 1095

In short, yes. In my case I didn't really notice anything until viewing pictures of my palate before/after the treatment. Some people see a gap between their front teeth, some don't. I didn't. What I can certainly say is that my face has gotten wider. My cheekbones are more pronounced. But that didn...