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by fluffybottom
Fri Jan 28, 2011 12:05 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Gap reappeared days after braces removed
Replies: 4
Views: 3799

Re: Gap reappeared days after braces removed

It's not uncommon for orthodontists to recommend nighttime only wear. Every ortho is different, every patient is different. A lot of people on these boards (including myself!) have only ever had to do nighttime wear. However, any concern a person has, they should take up with their ortho. It might b...
by fluffybottom
Thu Jan 06, 2011 6:31 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: did you take a sick day
Replies: 29
Views: 3619

Re: did you take a sick day

I took and one but TWO sick days! I had my braces put on on a Thursday so I took that day and Friday off from work. It wasn't that I felt I physically needed to but I wanted to mentally and emotionally get used to my metal mouth before facing the world. It turned out that it was a good thing I took ...
by fluffybottom
Wed Dec 15, 2010 6:02 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Impacted canine exposure surgery -- sedation?
Replies: 5
Views: 3919

Re: Impacted canine exposure surgery -- sedation?

I opted for sedation when I had my exposure done. My canine was in a deep and awkward position, yes, but I am also a big baby. Even if it had been an easy exposure, I probably still would have opted for sedation because I don't want any awareness of that kind of procedure.
by fluffybottom
Tue Dec 14, 2010 12:07 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Awake during extractions?
Replies: 16
Views: 2856

Re: Awake during extractions?

I had my upper wisdom teeth taken out (along with a bunch of cavities being filled and a root scaling) and for that, I was sedated. IV, go to sleep, wake up and it's all over. Wonderful! Later in my treatment, I had to have an upper lateral incisor pulled and the canine next to it shaved down for a ...
by fluffybottom
Sat Nov 27, 2010 11:15 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Anybody a "mouth breather" out there???
Replies: 23
Views: 5499

One thing I discovered was taping my mouth shut before sleeping really helped me to retrain my brain to breath through my nose only. Prior to braces, I was a mild/moderate mouth breather during the day and a severe mouth breather while I slept. I would always wake up in the morning with my mouth wi...
by fluffybottom
Mon Nov 22, 2010 5:47 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Anybody a "mouth breather" out there???
Replies: 23
Views: 5499

From Wikipedia: Mouth breathing is considered harmful to the dento-oral complex as it can lead to hypotonicity of the upper lip, hyperactivity of the lower lip, distoclusion, harm to dental growth as well as bone growth, high vault of the palate, xerostomia, and adenoid face. http://en.wikipedia.org...
by fluffybottom
Mon Nov 15, 2010 5:51 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Relocating in 8 months - should I wait to get braced?
Replies: 32
Views: 4322

It's worth going to a consult in your area just to get an idea of what needs to be done. If they tell you that you'll be in braces 9-12 months, it might be worth starting now and commuting the distance to the ortho in the last few months. If it's a more traditional sentence of 18-24 months (or more...
by fluffybottom
Sat Nov 13, 2010 9:29 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Relocating in 8 months - should I wait to get braced?
Replies: 32
Views: 4322

It's worth going to a consult in your area just to get an idea of what needs to be done. If they tell you that you'll be in braces 9-12 months, it might be worth starting now and commuting the distance to the ortho in the last few months. If it's a more traditional sentence of 18-24 months (or more!...
by fluffybottom
Sat Oct 30, 2010 10:20 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Stuck with braces on for months. Lawsuit?
Replies: 43
Views: 7259

Wow! I wonder why your ortho didn't remove the top retainer. Did s/he say why? I'm all intrigued now!
by fluffybottom
Fri Oct 29, 2010 10:34 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Stuck with braces on for months. Lawsuit?
Replies: 43
Views: 7259

My bottom arch had a lot of crowding and my orthodontist thought that the bonded retainer would provide some extra insurance against possible relapse once the braces were removed; I didn't have the same crowding issues with my top arch. Also, bonded retainers on the top arch aren't used as often as ...
by fluffybottom
Fri Oct 29, 2010 10:23 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Stuck with braces on for months. Lawsuit?
Replies: 43
Views: 7259

Well, like I said in my post, I still would have had night-time wear from the start even if I hadn't gotten the bonded retainer. And I should point out, I don't have a bonded retainer on the top arch and there has been no relapse due to only night-time wear.
by fluffybottom
Fri Oct 29, 2010 8:36 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Stuck with braces on for months. Lawsuit?
Replies: 43
Views: 7259

I don't think I've heard any orthodontist let their patient wear their retainer only at night as soon as they get them off. This could be relapse just waiting to happen :? Mine did (and I've seen other people on here with the same thing). My retention plan is night-time wear every night for the fir...
by fluffybottom
Thu Oct 28, 2010 2:07 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Need a general consensus on permanent retainers
Replies: 19
Views: 6379

It depends on your orthodontist. For example, my retention plan is: bonded retainer on the lower front six, night time wear of my removable retainers every night for the first year and then night time wear a few times a week for the rest of my life. Other people have to wear their removable retaine...
by fluffybottom
Thu Oct 28, 2010 10:57 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: weird blue stuff in my mouth!
Replies: 10
Views: 54294

I had build ups for a long time while I was in braces. In the beginning, I would eat food that was soft enough that I could mash against the roof of my mouth with my tongue. Eventually, though, you get used to them and figure out how to chew with them on. I'd 'chew' using the contact points made by ...
by fluffybottom
Wed Oct 27, 2010 10:10 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Need a general consensus on permanent retainers
Replies: 19
Views: 6379

It depends on your orthodontist. For example, my retention plan is: bonded retainer on the lower front six, night time wear of my removable retainers every night for the first year and then night time wear a few times a week for the rest of my life. Other people have to wear their removable retainer...