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by TMJJill
Sun Feb 09, 2014 2:21 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Damon Braces
Replies: 2
Views: 287

Re: Damon Braces

It sounds like something you should talk to your Orthodontist about. It really is an individual thing based upon your needs. I spent my first year in Damon's developing my upper arch. I also had a lot of leveling that was done. A lot of the individual tooth positioning for me was done in the last ye...
by TMJJill
Thu Feb 06, 2014 9:53 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Essix retainer on top and Soft night guard on bottom
Replies: 1
Views: 1706

Re: Essix retainer on top and Soft night guard on bottom

Pre-braces/splints, I had a history of bruxism. I was concerned about it coming back when the braces came off. In addition to my regular lower and upper Essix's, my dentist made me a custom Essix sleep splint for me. Basically, it is my upper Essix with a wedge in the front that is slanted back. The...
by TMJJill
Sat Feb 01, 2014 8:28 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Just Swallowed an elastic..
Replies: 18
Views: 11954

Re: Just Swallowed an elastic..

I had my share of swallowed elastics too. Especially when my dentist moved to using non-latex elastics. I'd go to sleep with 6 on and wake up with 2 because they snapped while I was sleeping. I finally had to beg for the others back. I also managed to swallow 3 brackets with hooks. They were all on ...
by TMJJill
Tue Jan 28, 2014 11:06 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Are your braces a topic of conversation?
Replies: 22
Views: 2213

Re: Are your braces a topic of conversation?

I had my braces on for 2 years and wore a splint for a year before that. Honestly, hardly anyone noticed at all. It was a big (and expensive) deal for me and people didn't care. I had one co-worker who I see pretty much every day not notice for a year. They didn't notice for 4 months when I got them...
by TMJJill
Fri Jan 24, 2014 9:00 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Keira Knightley on her crooked teeth
Replies: 23
Views: 19624

Re: Keira Knightley on her crooked teeth

Eh. I think many people see adult orthodontics as being purely cosmetic. Uhmm no. There are things you can't see and just because the lay person doesn't understand the importance of bite and alignment, doesn't make it unimportant. Even relatively straight teeth can be "bad". I 100% agree with this.
by TMJJill
Tue Jan 21, 2014 9:19 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Yellowing of teeth.... and whitening whilst in braces....???
Replies: 24
Views: 2956

Re: Yellowing of teeth.... and whitening whilst in braces...

My dentist is holistic and promotes fluoride free. He gives out Vita Myr toothpaste samples. It took some getting used to since it has lots of natural herbs and isn't 'sweet' tasting like most toothpastes, but I've really come to like it. Might be worth checking into if you want a different option.
by TMJJill
Wed Jan 15, 2014 10:09 pm
Forum: The Bracket Club
Topic: Comparing Braces, NEED Help from REAL people!
Replies: 16
Views: 2283

Re: Comparing Braces, NEED Help from REAL people!

I just recently completed my treatment with Damons. I had clears on my top front 10. I had metal on the bottom, but didn't have a choice at the time since that was all that was available. They have since offered lowers in clear as an option. The clear brackets were plenty strong and held up to all o...
by TMJJill
Wed Jan 15, 2014 9:58 pm
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: Molar Intrusion for TMJ...at 31
Replies: 16
Views: 3626

Re: Molar Intrusion for TMJ...at 31

I just finished 3+ years of treatment for TMJD. While my treatments were different, I can say that my bite is in much better shape now and my extremely severe symptoms have significantly decreased (gone many days). I'm absolutely convinced that treatment was the correct decision. Good luck with your...
by TMJJill
Wed Jan 15, 2014 9:51 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: When did you start wearing elasticits?
Replies: 20
Views: 1287

Re: When did you start wearing elasticits?

I had my upper braces for 11 months before getting my lowers. Ironically, I ended up starting elastics during my first month in braces. They just put some brackets on my back molars so I could do the lower molar to upper canine configuration. I wore that one for almost my entire treatment. I didn't ...
by TMJJill
Wed Jan 15, 2014 9:45 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: How long before needing to change elastics?
Replies: 24
Views: 1389

Re: How long before needing to change elastics?

I only ran out once. I'm 45 minutes away from my Orthodontist. I called them when I got low and they just stuck a couple packages in the mail for me. No charge, no hassle. :)
by TMJJill
Mon Jan 13, 2014 7:28 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Debonding in five weeks!
Replies: 13
Views: 675

Re: Debonding in five weeks!

Congratulations Sirwired!!! I'm very excited for you.
by TMJJill
Wed Jan 08, 2014 8:58 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Has anyone cut their essix retainer to size?
Replies: 4
Views: 2047

Re: Has anyone cut their essix retainer to size?

I agree with talking to your Orthodontist. My Orthodontist actually fitted me with Essix retainers that only cover both my upper and lower front 6. I do have another upper sleep splint that covers the entire arch too. It has worked for me. The thing to watch for with the small retainers though is th...
by TMJJill
Tue Jan 07, 2014 10:47 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Self ligating braces question
Replies: 2
Views: 428

Re: Self ligating braces question

I had self-ligating braces and didn't have ligs, but I did have a series of power chains. The first couple times, they didn't give me a color choice and I had clear. After that, I asked for colors so I could have a bit of fun. There was a poster on these boards named BracedSurgeryStudent. She got he...
by TMJJill
Tue Jan 07, 2014 10:43 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: today was the day january 7, 2014
Replies: 10
Views: 688

Re: today was the day january 7, 2014

YEA!!! Congratulations. :jump:
by TMJJill
Fri Jan 03, 2014 11:22 pm
Forum: Dental Do-dads (Dental Products Q's and Comments)
Topic: Silicone wax questions....
Replies: 16
Views: 9540

Re: Silicone wax questions....

By the mid-way of my treatment, I already had 20 hooks that had been placed and I'd used all of them (not all at once though). I LOVED the silicone wax the most. I say, use as much wax as you need. I slept with mine. I rarely lost (read swallowed) the wax. In fact, at times I was so comfortable with...