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by TimSeattle
Wed Apr 18, 2007 10:16 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: What happens after Debanding?
Replies: 3
Views: 1531

Like Chris, I have two plastic retainer containers, one for one and one to carry with me. Ditto on the hot liquids--don't drink any while wearing your Essix. I got my retainer two days after deband, a quicker tat then some orthodontists. There easy to wear and cleaning your teeth is a breeze. I am s...
by TimSeattle
Wed Apr 18, 2007 10:10 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Essix retainers - how long do they last?
Replies: 10
Views: 20439

Re: Essix retainers - how long do they last? - Fixing a crac

I'm really surprised at the prices that you are saying the replacement are! My ortho told me it would cost me $300 to replace my Essix retainers. I just got my braces off about a month ago and I just found a crack on the retainer today. :cry: So far, they said it was ok to wear but I know it will o...
by TimSeattle
Mon Apr 16, 2007 9:03 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Band Space Closure
Replies: 6
Views: 1510

Thanks for your replies, Meryaten and KK. It cheered me to hear from you. Sorry I have not been around for awhile. Good to know you are both doing well. I visited my orthodontist for a retainer check today. She was able to tighten the Essix retainers (clear plastic) some to help reduce or close the ...
by TimSeattle
Thu Apr 12, 2007 5:37 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Band Space Closure
Replies: 6
Views: 1510

Band Space Closure

I got my braces off recently after about 3 years wearing them. My teeth look wonderfully straight. I visited my dentist for a check-up, x-rays, and a cleaning today. Also, thankfully, no cavities over the entire time wearing braces. He said there are band spaces (where the metal bands were attached ...
by TimSeattle
Sat Jul 01, 2006 10:51 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: D-Day
Replies: 12
Views: 1442

It cheered me to get back to the board after watching a televised baseball game tonight to see the responses to my post. Thanks! I read article about pomegranate and its cancer-fighting effects. I plan to adjust my diet to help prevent a recurrence of cancer, although it appears that the surgeons go...
by TimSeattle
Sat Jul 01, 2006 1:57 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: D-Day
Replies: 12
Views: 1442

D-Day

D-Day (Deband Day) is getting nearer. We are planning, if everything goes well, to remove my braces this month. I've been in braces for two--count 'em--years. My teeth are straighter, my bite corrected, and my profile has significantly changed. I am pleased with the results and look forward to the n...
by TimSeattle
Sun Oct 30, 2005 4:53 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: How old will you be on the day your braces come off?
Replies: 289
Views: 32559

57, and still glad I got braces. With good care and some luck, my teeth will last a lifetime!
by TimSeattle
Sun Oct 02, 2005 3:27 pm
Forum: Archive: Ask the Doc
Topic: Basic principles
Replies: 6
Views: 1404

About a year ago, I did the same local library search for a Braces 101 book. There was nothing I could find to satisfy my own curiosity. Everything was too simple. I did a University library search and found that all the orthodontics texts were geared to dental students, so too technical. I wish the...
by TimSeattle
Sun Oct 02, 2005 3:12 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: What's your cleaning routine???
Replies: 61
Views: 10449

Some folks do seem to get cavities and other dental problems regardless of good hygiene and others can do next to nothing and have no cavities or dental problems. My take is that those whose hygiene does not follow current dental recommendations that includes flossing daily are playing Russian roule...
by TimSeattle
Sat Oct 01, 2005 8:49 pm
Forum: Archive: Ask the Doc
Topic: When to call it quits?
Replies: 0
Views: 891

When to call it quits?

I've already discussed with my orthodontist that I am able and willing to leave my braces on until the teeth are in the best possible postion. I've been in braces for about 16 months, with a 20 to 24-month estimated treatment time. Do orthodontists base the time of treatment somewhat on the patient'...
by TimSeattle
Sun Sep 11, 2005 9:53 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: 40 something and in braces
Replies: 43
Views: 8178

Braces are a pain in the mouth at first, but we humans beings are resilient and get used to them. My biggest problem during the time I've been in braces was my tongue-jail sentence (Read: I had an upper quad-helix expander for half a year). Now I don't care how long they stay on. If the doc says "We...
by TimSeattle
Sun Aug 14, 2005 6:14 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: 46 years old -Just got my braces
Replies: 21
Views: 4807

Congratulations on getting your braces and welcome to the big group of over-40 adults on this forum. I am 56 and in braces for the 2nd time, having had them as an adolescent. Orthodontics treatment has changed considerably since then, and this round is much easier, although I spent half a year in to...
by TimSeattle
Sat Aug 13, 2005 11:28 am
Forum: Archive: Ask the Doc
Topic: Cost...
Replies: 9
Views: 2665

I agree with Randall that it pays to check out what services are included in your treatment, who is performing the work, etc. Fees seem to be pretty standard within about a 20% range. I also talked to my orthodontist extensively before committing to treatment, to discuss treatment goals and to get a...
by TimSeattle
Thu Aug 04, 2005 2:02 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Ask the Doc Controversy
Replies: 19
Views: 7122

Ask the Doc Controversy

I haven't been at the Forum for awhile and just read the open and public messages back and forth between Drs. Rick and Randall. It really left a bad taste in my mouth. I work in health care and have seen this sort of thing between physicians, where they get really down-and-dirty nasty with each othe...
by TimSeattle
Sat May 21, 2005 8:33 pm
Forum: Dental Do-dads (Dental Products Q's and Comments)
Topic: VIOlight
Replies: 3
Views: 1839

Lynn,

They're listed at 50 bucks. The cheapest I've seen new ones at is $45 on ebay....