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by sauerkraut
Sat Jul 30, 2011 3:03 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Lost the hole in my expander... Help :(
Replies: 7
Views: 27908

Re: Lost the hole in my expander... Help :(

I turned my expander from back to front as well. I've never come across anyone else on this board who did it that way so...pleased to meet you :lol: The most likely explanation for losing the hole is that you didn't fully complete the previous turn. You should be able to find the original hole to co...
by sauerkraut
Sun Apr 24, 2011 1:56 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: SARPE Surgery
Replies: 1874
Views: 462460

Re: SARPE Surgery

peckabel, don't worry. I assume you're sure you're turning the key correctly? The gap between your teeth is no indication at all of how much your palate has expanded. You could even find your teeth moving back together again. They wander all over the place at this stage :) . WaterBoy that nosebleed ...
by sauerkraut
Fri Apr 15, 2011 9:59 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Lower jaw only or double jaw?
Replies: 2
Views: 1123

Re: Lower jaw only or double jaw?

Remember when you hold your lower jaw forward yourself you can only get a rough approximation of the finished result. The surgeon will be slicing into the bone, so he can slide and tip things around much more than you can. My back teeth also didn't really touch properly pre-surgery. My surgery (lowe...
by sauerkraut
Wed Mar 23, 2011 1:00 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: De-braced today!
Replies: 10
Views: 1892

Re: De-braced today!

Thanks, bullfighter. Yes, flossing is a dream. I still have to thread under the permanent retainer but that's nowhere near as fiddly as working round brackets and especially trying to get between molar bands (of which I had 8!!).
by sauerkraut
Wed Mar 23, 2011 12:57 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: I'm free..
Replies: 3
Views: 950

Re: I'm free..

Wheeee! Congrats, Dani :dance:

I'm free, too. Great feeling, isn't it? Looking forward to the pics :)
by sauerkraut
Tue Mar 22, 2011 10:49 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: De-braced today!
Replies: 10
Views: 1892

Re: De-braced today!

Thank you, peoples :D Unbraced teeth felt very strange at first -- sort of slimy! But I'm getting used to it and the retainers aren't so bad. I'm supposed to wear them at least 16 hours out of 24 which is quite manageable. There's a fixed retainer behind the bottom few front teeth as well. I think o...
by sauerkraut
Thu Mar 17, 2011 2:03 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: De-braced today!
Replies: 10
Views: 1892

Re: De-braced today!

Thank you for the congrats, Raquel and chicago. This naked tooth experience is definitely a weird feeling! And the retainers are... liveable-with :lol: .
by sauerkraut
Thu Mar 17, 2011 1:07 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Think I made a Mistake...
Replies: 21
Views: 8722

Re: Think I made a Mistake...

Hi there, hithere! Forgive me if I’m misreading you, but it sounds to me like your dilemma is more between the different orthos than the type of bracket. The one offering metal is cheaper but you’re bothered by the level of service and don’t sound too confident in the ortho’s expertise. The one offe...
by sauerkraut
Wed Mar 16, 2011 2:16 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: metal v ceramic
Replies: 21
Views: 3686

Re: metal v ceramic

sauerkraut wrote: ... I'm having them removed next month so I'll be able to report then if there's any difference in ease of removal :)
Updating as promised (having been de-braced today :banana: ).

As with everything else, no difference whatever. The ceramic brackets popped off just as easily as the metal ones.
by sauerkraut
Wed Mar 16, 2011 1:59 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: De-braced today!
Replies: 10
Views: 1892

De-braced today!

Well, the day has finally arrived. The brackets are off.

Let the joys of retainers begin :D
by sauerkraut
Wed Feb 23, 2011 3:54 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: metal v ceramic
Replies: 21
Views: 3686

Re: metal v ceramic

There have been people who've posted on here that their surgeons wanted them to have all metal. Seems to be a surgeon's preference thing. I have a mixture of ceramic and metal and they all held through surgery and the subsequent elastics etc just fine. FWIW I've noticed no difference whatsoever betw...
by sauerkraut
Wed Feb 23, 2011 3:32 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: November Buddies
Replies: 176
Views: 22726

Re: November Buddies

... have they told you how long you'll need the retainers for? Is everyone still wearing their elastics? Also do you still get a bit 'uncomfortable' around where they cut the bone? I'm assuming the retainers are for life, though I've not been told that specifically yet. I gather you gradually wean ...
by sauerkraut
Wed Feb 23, 2011 3:20 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Has swelling ever RETURNED? Any ideas why it happens?
Replies: 5
Views: 1225

Re: Has swelling ever RETURNED? Any ideas why it happens?

Well done for getting it sorted so quickly. I also got an infection in the cheek, after my BSSO. A poky wire dug a hole in the inside of my cheek while I was still numb from surgery so I didn't feel it, and the infection started there. The swelling increased on that side of my face and my temperatur...
by sauerkraut
Tue Feb 22, 2011 3:37 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: November Buddies
Replies: 176
Views: 22726

Re: November Buddies

Hey, Dani, I get de-braced next month as well :jump:. And yes, now you mention it I do seem to "catch" my braces a bit more than I used to. Ah well, not much longer and it'll be the retainers to battle with instead :wink:
by sauerkraut
Tue Feb 22, 2011 3:30 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Found a Zip N Squeeze alternative!!
Replies: 5
Views: 1157

Re: Found a Zip N Squeeze alternative!!

You'd be surprised how soon you can drink from a cup and/or use a teaspoon. I'm really not convinced expensive specialist gear is necessary. Even when tightly banded immediately after surgery I managed OK with a toddler-type sipper cup (without a valve) and soon progressed to a normal drinking glass...