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by CactusZAF
Mon Dec 07, 2009 10:06 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: I'm done...
Replies: 3
Views: 1672

Hi sean83, congrats on making it to the finishing line. In answer to your questions: 1. I think it's quite common for them to miss a bit of glue when removing the brackets, but I doubt if it will brush off over time. I'd suggest mentioning it at your retainer appointment and I'm sure they'll polish ...
by CactusZAF
Thu Nov 26, 2009 9:15 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Elastics make me self conscious!
Replies: 7
Views: 3468

I had a triangular configuration from the inside lower first premolar to the top outside of my canine and first premolar on both sides for two months. I wore them 24/7 other than to take them out when cleaning my teeth. The biggest challenge was not to let them shoot out of my mouth when they snappe...
by CactusZAF
Wed Nov 18, 2009 9:14 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Veneers or gaps?
Replies: 4
Views: 1657

drrick, I do have a bonded retainer from lateral to lateral that was placed the day I got the braces off, but I was worried that the canines (and premolars) might start to shift/tip in from the sides as I had a narrow almost V-shaped arch before I started. Perhaps I'm worrying prematurely as I don't...
by CactusZAF
Wed Nov 18, 2009 12:43 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Veneers or gaps?
Replies: 4
Views: 1657

Veneers or gaps?

I had my braces removed on Thursday 12 November (I'm overjoyed about this after 2years and 2 months), and my ortho explained that my upper lateral incisors are not as wide as they are supposed to be and hence he had to leave gaps (approximately 2.5-3mm each side) between my laterals and canines in o...
by CactusZAF
Thu Nov 12, 2009 1:12 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: People getting debraced before the New Year!
Replies: 16
Views: 2162

Mine came off today. Totally unexpectedly as I was under the impression that my Ortho was going to evaluate as to when they could come off at today's appointment, but told the asst to take 'em off. What a great surprise, I'm still slightly stunned by the whole thing. I went out and had 1kg of ribs f...
by CactusZAF
Thu Nov 12, 2009 1:01 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Can someone PLEASE help me???
Replies: 21
Views: 3402

I promise it does get better. Unfortunately I can't tell you how long it will take to get better, but you'll suddenly just realize that you don't have so many sore places in your mouth to contend with, and that somehow you're managing to chew somehow (even with a screwed up bite and tons of hardware...
by CactusZAF
Fri Oct 23, 2009 10:13 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: What is this thing on my archwire??
Replies: 6
Views: 1934

No worries. the one thing I failed to mention is that the thicker wires (later in treatment) don't need these for centralizing as they're much stiffer and less likely to migrate around your arch, the only drawback is that the heavier wires are thicker and thus more noticeable themselves. Good luck w...
by CactusZAF
Fri Oct 23, 2009 9:44 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: What is this thing on my archwire??
Replies: 6
Views: 1934

They're there to keep the arch wire centralized, in other words, to stop the wire sliding in the brackets from one side (of your mouth) to the other.
Unfortunately the best place for them to accomplish this is for them to be crimped on to the arch wire somewhere close to the middle (front).
by CactusZAF
Sun Oct 18, 2009 12:47 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Refund from orthodontist
Replies: 4
Views: 3478

You have to make sure that your decision that the service was not "good enough" is measurable and not purely emotionally derived as most orthos have a contract with their patients and if you back out of this without provable reason, you'll be in breach of said contract. If you don't have a contract ...
by CactusZAF
Thu Oct 15, 2009 9:13 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: People getting debraced before the New Year!
Replies: 16
Views: 2162

Wow, I had a look at your pics of your teeth and they look absolutely awesome! I'm sure you're gonna enjoy the "brace free" party (please have a couple of caramels and gummies for me). Enjoy! :wink:
by CactusZAF
Thu Oct 15, 2009 12:12 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: People getting debraced before the New Year!
Replies: 16
Views: 2162

Today I had an adjustment (and got a few really unpleasant elastics configs) and when the tech was finished explaining where the elastics should be attached etc, she told me to make an appointment for four weeks time so they could "evaluate weather things are all in the right place" and if they are,...
by CactusZAF
Tue Sep 22, 2009 11:19 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Debanded!
Replies: 12
Views: 1581

Congratulations Mary!!

I'm so so jealous, I've had mine more than two years and still can't see the end of this yet.
I really wish you all the best with your naked tooths, enjoy your freedom. 8)
by CactusZAF
Mon Sep 14, 2009 9:11 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: How long have you have braces ?
Replies: 28
Views: 3713

I've had mine for two years and three days now (of a two year estimate), and have at least three or more months to go. The lesson I've learned is that an estimate is just that (it's not a certainty) and you should not count on being finished when your estimated time comes up, you could be finished m...
by CactusZAF
Mon Aug 31, 2009 9:18 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Got braces today...bite plate???
Replies: 4
Views: 1085

Welcome to the board Sarahintx. Those things on your lower teeth are molar build-ups, they are a real pain to get used to, but you will adapt and learn to chew with them. I had my molar build-ups for about 2 weeks short of a year, and had got to the point that I could eat normally with them after ab...
by CactusZAF
Thu Aug 20, 2009 9:28 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: question about gaps and molar build ups *
Replies: 3
Views: 1326

Well, the length of time you have the molar build-ups differs from person to person, I can only tell you that I had mine for 11.5 months (got them 1Sep08 and they were taken off 13Aug09), but you do get used to them after a while and they don't bother you anymore. In my experience the gaps are most ...