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by Nozzelnut
Thu Jan 17, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: opening wide after surgery
Replies: 6
Views: 322

Re: opening wide after surgery

They're used to working in tight spaces. Don't feel like it's necessary to force your jaw open so they can "have more room" They'll have all the room they'll need. It took me about 4 months to feel like I was opening "enough." About a year to get to "normal." Don't forget your jaw suffered severe tr...
by Nozzelnut
Wed Dec 19, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: The Bracket Club
Topic: "What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been" - Robert Hunter, Grateful Dead
Replies: 170
Views: 20956

Re: "What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been" - Robert Hunter, Grateful Dead

I know it isn't that great getting back into braces; one of the reasons I wanted things as good as they could be before they came off; after 4 years... But; if it allows your TMJ's to heal and eventually feel better all the time instead of just when being treated with splints; all the better. Jaw pa...
by Nozzelnut
Sun Dec 09, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Can hot drinks melt powerchain?
Replies: 6
Views: 415

Re: Can hot drinks melt powerchain?

They're usually made of a silicone rubber and resistant up to a few hundred degrees; if they're melting, you're actually on fire and probably not concerned with your powerchains at that point.
by Nozzelnut
Sun Dec 09, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Did I just mess up my fixed retainer?
Replies: 2
Views: 286

Re: Did I just mess up my fixed retainer?

ETA should have looked at the date before clicking send.... Guessing you have it figured out by now. Wait until you get home. If everything is still in place AND you have an Essix that goes over the top of it you will be completely fine. Even if it's broken; I'd wait until you get to your regular or...
by Nozzelnut
Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: June/July 2015 Surgery Buddies
Replies: 958
Views: 43371

Re: June/July 2015 Surgery Buddies

Please keep us updated during your recovery from this.
by Nozzelnut
Sun Sep 09, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Standard Hawley vs Wrap Around Hawley
Replies: 16
Views: 4122

Re: Standard Hawley vs Wrap Around Hawley

Mine is comfortable; I also have acrylic on the wire in the front for better control of teeth.
by Nozzelnut
Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Metal or ceramic?
Replies: 12
Views: 720

Re: Metal or ceramic?

If I had to do it all again; I go with stainless. They're lower profile, can have more pressure put on them, less prone to breakage/more durable, and less expensive. After the first week and the shock of being in braces wears off; no one cares about your teeth but you. You can still see the ceramics...
by Nozzelnut
Sat Aug 18, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: June/July 2015 Surgery Buddies
Replies: 958
Views: 43371

Re: June/July 2015 Surgery Buddies

Picked up the Hawley retainers on Thursday. They were both snug width wise; so I'm happy I got them. They do take up a lot of tongue room; but allow top and bottom teeth to actually touch so my bite can finally settle... There are some gaps on my left side; I hope they close... They both have acryli...
by Nozzelnut
Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: June/July 2015 Surgery Buddies
Replies: 958
Views: 43371

Re: June/July 2015 Surgery Buddies

Best wishes for an uneventful surgery and speedy recovery. Let us know how it goes.
by Nozzelnut
Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Bend in arch wire on top midline that looks like this ^
Replies: 2
Views: 233

Re: Bend in arch wire on top midline that looks like this ^

It's supposed to be there. Might be there to help position the wire in the center or might be putting specific forces on the teeth.
by Nozzelnut
Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Crunching and Cramping with Headgear
Replies: 2
Views: 267

Re: Crunching and Cramping with Headgear

The crunching is probably a loose molar band. I'm not sure how your upper jaw would cramp when you eat; you don't have any moveable parts in it; lips or cheeks?

The popping in the TMJ could be an issue and should be talked about during your next visit.
by Nozzelnut
Sun Jul 22, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: June/July 2015 Surgery Buddies
Replies: 958
Views: 43371

Re: June/July 2015 Surgery Buddies

Braces came off Friday! As far as retention; bonded upper and lower; 3 to 3, Essix trays and Hawleys upper and lower. The upper Hawley will either be a clear acrylic bow or wire with acrylic pressure points to prevent teeth from rotating. Hawleys should help maintain width more than Essix; but trays...
by Nozzelnut
Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: June/July 2015 Surgery Buddies
Replies: 958
Views: 43371

Re: June/July 2015 Surgery Buddies

Tentative removal date; JULY 20th!!! Getting a lower bonded retainer, Hawleys, possible Essix for daytime use. Might even try a positioner for some final movements and sleeping jaw position; so I can't clench or grind while giving me an opposing force to press on teeth instead of holding my jaw open...
by Nozzelnut
Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Gap size after SARPE
Replies: 5
Views: 297

Re: Gap size after SARPE

It all depends on what your needs are and how your teeth move. If you need more space; you'll likely see a larger gap. Some folks have a gap of several mm; maybe enough for another incisor; some will be much less. But, remember, things *might* look worse before they look great!! And you have the roo...
by Nozzelnut
Sat Jun 09, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: June/July 2015 Surgery Buddies
Replies: 958
Views: 43371

Re: June/July 2015 Surgery Buddies

Some folks have found relief with plate removal. It might be an option for you; you just have to weigh the pros and cons.

Talk to your surgeon about it and go from there.