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by samoorelaw
Wed Sep 18, 2013 6:01 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Lig colours (colors)
Replies: 1303
Views: 559569

Re: Lig colours (colors)

Would someone with smoke, silver, and/or grey ligatures on ceramic brackets post a picture? Seems like the concencus is that they look clear or barely there when stretched around the bracket but do not turn an ugly bright yellow. I have an adjustment on Wednesday & several events to attend this wee...
by samoorelaw
Tue Sep 17, 2013 12:40 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Gum recession?
Replies: 4
Views: 927

Re: Gum recession?

Okay thank you for your input. I will ask my dentist and orthodontist what they think: it's probably just me being super paranoid and having too much time on my hands given how often I'm staring at my teeth. I'm just trying to visualize how I'll look after the upper jaw surgery fixes my underbite; I...
by samoorelaw
Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:30 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: 25-year-old New to Orthodontics World
Replies: 15
Views: 1112

Re: 25-year-old New to Orthodontics World

I'm also in round #2 for braces. Round #1 as a kid did a great job cosmetically (without extractions, no less, despite a comically narrow upper arch before it got expanded.) Despite my fine cosmetic result, my upper and lower still didn't meet properly, leading to my teeth being tilted into a bite ...
by samoorelaw
Sun Sep 15, 2013 11:24 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Gum recession?
Replies: 4
Views: 927

Re: Gum recession?

Thank you for the info. I will ask my dentist when I see him for my cleaning next week. Oh and I pulled the lip down more in this pic. To me they look recessed and I do have some triangles I think on the lower arch (the double power chains are hiding them).
by samoorelaw
Sat Sep 14, 2013 8:57 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: How self-conscious are you about your braces?
Replies: 48
Views: 5644

Re: How self-conscious are you about your braces?

Not self-conscious at all. In fact, my self-esteem has improved because I'm doing something I always wanted to do: get my jaw fixed. At 32, I'm at the age where I no longer care what other people think. And besides, those few people who DID notice I have braces had nothing but positive things to say...
by samoorelaw
Sat Sep 14, 2013 4:49 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: 25-year-old New to Orthodontics World
Replies: 15
Views: 1112

Re: 25-year-old New to Orthodontics World

You're not the only one: I first got braces at 31 last December, never had braces as a child. I too need orthognathic surgery to correct my underbite. My surgery will probably be scheduled for the end of this year or the beginning of next year. Last step is closing my 4 gaps on my lower teeth befor...
by samoorelaw
Sat Sep 14, 2013 4:46 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Gum recession?
Replies: 4
Views: 927

Gum recession?

Maybe it's a case of my staring at my teeth too much but I think I may need a gum graft. Could you look at my picture and tell me whether there is any sign of gum recession in the lower teeth? You know, for someone who needs just upper jaw surgery, it's amazing to me all the issues I have had with m...
by samoorelaw
Thu Sep 12, 2013 12:26 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Freedom!
Replies: 26
Views: 2276

Re: Freedom!

Congrats! Your teeth look great. I have upper jaw surgery coming up and I'm terrified, although I'm looking forward to losing the last 10 lbs I can't seem to lose on my own. lol
by samoorelaw
Thu Sep 12, 2013 12:01 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: 25-year-old New to Orthodontics World
Replies: 15
Views: 1112

Re: 25-year-old New to Orthodontics World

You're not the only one: I first got braces at 31 last December, never had braces as a child. I too need orthognathic surgery to correct my underbite. My surgery will probably be scheduled for the end of this year or the beginning of next year. Last step is closing my 4 gaps on my lower teeth before...
by samoorelaw
Tue Sep 10, 2013 11:38 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Bracket Repositioning
Replies: 11
Views: 2629

Re: Bracket Repositioning

I had 4 clear brackets changed out yesterday and had them replaced with 4 metal brackets: ortho also thought repositioning them was necessary to assist with the closing of the gaps in the front on the lower teeth. And shockingly, 2 of the 4 gaps in the front have already closed in just 24 hours!! Ge...
by samoorelaw
Mon Sep 09, 2013 11:35 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: All metal or both??
Replies: 22
Views: 1012

Re: All metal or both??

I have all clear on top, 4 clear (4 front teeth) and the rest metal on the bottom. Correction: today I had my four clear brackets on the bottom teeth changed to all metal because the clear brackets were deteriorating and made putting double power chains on to close my gaps in those teeth impossible...
by samoorelaw
Fri Sep 06, 2013 11:53 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Lig colours (colors)
Replies: 1303
Views: 559569

Re: Lig colours (colors)

I have clear on top....and I picked the silver ligs for both top and bottom. I looked in the mirror when I get in the car....yuck! My top teeth looked terrible!! I also brush with the same as you do. I think it must have been the lighting...I brushed when I got home...and they do not look nearly as...
by samoorelaw
Wed Sep 04, 2013 5:56 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: How long does each visit to the orthodontist last?
Replies: 21
Views: 1619

Re: How long does each visit to the orthodontist last?

Generally around 20-30 minutes. Yesterday my adjustment was longer due to my incessant questions and asking my ortho if he could shave down the jagged edges of my top front teeth to make them look more cosmetically appealing (which he did), and to ask whether he could close my gaps sooner, which led...
by samoorelaw
Wed Sep 04, 2013 5:51 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Lig colours (colors)
Replies: 1303
Views: 559569

Re: Lig colours (colors)

I have clear on top....and I picked the silver ligs for both top and bottom. I looked in the mirror when I get in the car....yuck! My top teeth looked terrible!! I also brush with the same as you do. I think it must have been the lighting...I brushed when I got home...and they do not look nearly as...
by samoorelaw
Wed Sep 04, 2013 5:41 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Lig colours (colors)
Replies: 1303
Views: 559569

Re: Lig colours (colors)

I use an app called "resize image" to make the files smaller or if I'm on my work PC I just make them smaller in paint or something. edited to add: if you're not on a windows machine but on a mac, you can resize in iPhoto as well. Thank you! Figured it out. I have attached a picture showing the sil...