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by Grutty
Tue Mar 31, 2009 1:47 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: cross elastics?
Replies: 12
Views: 5843

I have had one cross elastic for about 3 months now. I did have some jaw and neck pain for the first few weeks, but my teeth and tongue never hurt. I can talk fine with it in, it really hasnt been bad at all. It has already helped shift my bite, at my last visit the ortho told me I could go from wea...
by Grutty
Mon Mar 02, 2009 10:10 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Tongue spikes???
Replies: 6
Views: 6031

Sounds like a tongue crib, did it look like this? http://www.rivoliortho.com/images/Rivoli-044_9.jpg

I am starting to feel lucky that I am only getting spikes on my bottom teeth. Maybe I should stop whining. :lol: Thanks everyone!
by Grutty
Sat Feb 28, 2009 12:13 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Tongue spikes???
Replies: 6
Views: 6031

Well, I guess if a month of tongue spikes can accomplish the same thing as 2 years of therapy, maybe I should just try to deal with it.

Ripchord, it is good to hear that your sister didnt have a horrible time with her spikes. Hopefully they look/sound worse than they actually are. :(
by Grutty
Thu Feb 26, 2009 8:04 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Tongue spikes???
Replies: 6
Views: 6031

Tongue spikes???

Hi everyone, I have a bad tongue thrust that my ortho says is responsible for my open bite. I have tried to break the habit on my own, but with no luck. So, at my next adjustment, my ortho plans to glue "spikes" on the backs of my bottom teeth. This sounds absolutely horrible. :? Does anyone have ex...
by Grutty
Fri Feb 20, 2009 8:55 am
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: Braces to start my 30's...3rd Adjustment.
Replies: 67
Views: 30980

Wow Flaka, great news! What a relief! :-* Now you can just relax and wait for those changes to take place!

How long does your ortho think you will be braced? Did you get the usual 18-24 month prediction?
by Grutty
Wed Jan 21, 2009 1:11 pm
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: Grutty's story: braced at 40 - NEW three month pics page 3
Replies: 39
Views: 9825

Yay, the forum is back! Thank you Bbsadmin! Hi everyone, I missed you! :D I have been in braces for almost 5 months now, here are the photos from my 4 month adjustment: http://i456.photobucket.com/albums/qq281/Grutty/4months4.jpg I think the big gap on the bottom is FINALLY starting to get a little ...
by Grutty
Tue Dec 16, 2008 9:45 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Dry Mouth
Replies: 12
Views: 1203

I had a horribly dry mouth when I first got my braces on. Like Lela said, drinking lots of water helped. I also chewed sugarless gum, and wore a constant coat of lip balm so my lips didnt get glued to my brackets. After a few weeks, your mouth will get used to the braces and the dryness should go aw...
by Grutty
Thu Dec 04, 2008 7:35 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Positve Changes to Your Face From Braces
Replies: 4
Views: 1302

I also think the braces have improved my looks. I am 40, and over the last 5 years or so, I have noticed my face getting thinner, just from old age I guess, ugh. But when the braces went on, it immediately made the lower half of my face look a little fuller, go figure. :D My upper arch is very narro...
by Grutty
Wed Dec 03, 2008 8:44 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: How much to pay for 2nd opinion?
Replies: 11
Views: 1379

Hi Flaka, Could you do a free evaluation with a few orthos and then then just pick one for the expensive detailed evaluation? You might not even like some of these doctors once you meet them, so no sense in spending money on records if you have no intention of seeking treatment with them in the futu...
by Grutty
Wed Dec 03, 2008 7:59 am
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: Grutty's story: braced at 40 - NEW three month pics page 3
Replies: 39
Views: 9825

Hi Flaka, I am sorry that you are having problems with your bite, I have seen your photos so I know what you are talking about. :( Did you decide to get a second opinion? It might be worth it just for your peace of mind. I already have an ortho picked out for a second opinion, just in case I need on...
by Grutty
Tue Dec 02, 2008 8:09 am
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: Grutty's story: braced at 40 - NEW three month pics page 3
Replies: 39
Views: 9825

three months

So it has been a little over 3 months since brace day, I had my third adjustment yesterday. I got a new wire on the top, my first non-bendy wire, my bottom arch got a thick rectangular wire at the last adjustment. The good news is that I am finally used to my braces, I dont really notice them anymor...
by Grutty
Tue Nov 18, 2008 7:54 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: I cant stop clenching! Agh!
Replies: 10
Views: 1441

My last adjustment was 2 weeks ago, I think that was when the clenching started. Like some of you mentioned, it feels kind of good to clench, but after I have been doing it all day and night, my jaws start to get sore. I was in pain when I woke up this morning, ouch! :soremouth: I will try the tongu...
by Grutty
Mon Nov 17, 2008 1:04 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: When you first saw your brace what did you think?
Replies: 53
Views: 8982

My first thought was that the braces didnt look anywhere near as bad as I thought they would. I have clear Inspire Ice brackets, and I liked the way they looked right from the start. I think they are better looking than my teeth! :lol: I am still a little self conscious about smiling, but only becau...
by Grutty
Mon Nov 17, 2008 9:43 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: I cant stop clenching! Agh!
Replies: 10
Views: 1441

I cant stop clenching! Agh!

For the past 2 weeks or so, I have been constantly clenching my teeth together, which is giving me headaches and jaw pain. I have always clenched and ground my teeth at night, but not during the day. Every time I notice that I am clenching, I stop, but then 5 minutes later I am clenching again! :rol...
by Grutty
Sat Nov 08, 2008 6:57 am
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: Catfish's Journey - updated with pics 11-7-08 (page 5)
Replies: 132
Views: 41075

Wow Catfish,

No extractions, plus 6 months off your brace time??? That is awesome news!!!

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Let the party begin!!!