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by Mpkh
Wed Dec 19, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: bed time elastics
Replies: 4
Views: 491

Re: bed time elastics

I wouldn’t suggest you to skip a week, simply because it may delay your treatment time by a bit. The elastics at night can be more painful than around the clock wear, because the force isn’t on your teeth consistently, so it’s almost like you’re starting over each time you put it in. What worked for...
by Mpkh
Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: different orthos have so different treatment plans
Replies: 3
Views: 362

Re: different orthos have so different treatment plans

Different orthodontist will treat the same malocclusion and misaligned teeth differently, based on their schooling, past experiences with similar cases, personal practice philosophies, and their own expertise. Some orthodontist are more conservative than others, and some orthodontist push for absolu...
by Mpkh
Wed Dec 12, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: ok, I've got options. Which way should I go?
Replies: 26
Views: 2016

Re: ok, I've got options. Which way should I go?

2) should I wear retainers? I have decided on taking a break for about 3,4 months. Should I just not wear the retainers and see if my teeth can go back to the original form? my biggest wish is for my teeth to go back to pre-braces... Retainers keep your teeth the way they are. Obviously, best recom...
by Mpkh
Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:03 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: ok, I've got options. Which way should I go?
Replies: 26
Views: 2016

Re: ok, I've got options. Which way should I go?

I’d imagine you’d spend just as much time, if not more, cleaning your teeth while using Invisalign. You’d have to clean the trays too, prior to putting the trays back in. Assuming you’re diligent with maintaining oral hygiene, you’d have to brush, floss and clean your aligners at a minimum of three ...
by Mpkh
Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Sleeping on your side...
Replies: 15
Views: 934

Re: Sleeping on your side...

I think I just got used to it. I’ve always slept on my side...so I think my mouth just got used to the braces pressed against my cheek while I sleep.
by Mpkh
Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:29 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: i got an ortho that's willing to take my case, at extraordinary amount of money...
Replies: 18
Views: 791

Re: i got an ortho that's willing to take my case, at extraordinary amount of money...

Box configuration should bring your teeth closer together—they are used to close open bites and to “set” the teeth. From my limited understanding, teeth intrusion is more difficult to do than extrusion; sometimes it may not be feasible to intrude teeth. With the new orthodontist, are you looking to ...
by Mpkh
Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: i got an ortho that's willing to take my case, at extraordinary amount of money...
Replies: 18
Views: 791

Re: i got an ortho that's willing to take my case, at extraordinary amount of money...

This new orthodontist manages expectations well—he tells you the pitfalls upfront, as well as a generous disclaimer that things may not go according to plan, and he makes no guarantees that his plan will succeed. He’s honest, and sets out his treatment plans clearly on paper so there won’t be any di...
by Mpkh
Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: How much teeth do you have?
Replies: 20
Views: 1693

Re: How much teeth do you have?

28. I had my wisdom teeth extracted when they grew in.
by Mpkh
Thu Nov 29, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: My ortho office called.and said the Dr asks me to go in
Replies: 20
Views: 963

Re: My ortho office called.and said the Dr asks me to go in

thanks @mkph. If I debrace, and go to another ortho 1) is it most likely that they would restart the treatment and give me another 18 month treatment estimate? 2) how can i explain to them that I need to expand my arch because my arch got narrowed with this treatment so far? 1) Treatment time estim...
by Mpkh
Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: My ortho office called.and said the Dr asks me to go in
Replies: 20
Views: 963

Re: My ortho office called.and said the Dr asks me to go in

You may have better luck if you debraced and presented yourself as a new patient. Many doctors do not want to take transfer cases because it is essentially finishing the work of another ortho, all the while not knowing what the treatment plan was prior to that patient’s arrival to the office (the pr...
by Mpkh
Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: My ortho office called.and said the Dr asks me to go in
Replies: 20
Views: 963

Re: My ortho office called.and said the Dr asks me to go in

Doctors can terminate patients the same way patients can change doctors. I believe the doctor is legally supposed to provide referrals to the patient so that the patient isn’t left in a lurch. The termination should be done in writing, and there should be a reasonable time frame for the patient to f...
by Mpkh
Fri Nov 23, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: so i went to my best friend's house for thanksgiving dinner
Replies: 4
Views: 456

Re: so i went to my best friend's house for thanksgiving dinner

I don’t think that Invisalign will always produce a better result because it’s “a computerized process”. Invisalign, like braces, is a tool. And like any using other tools, the final product depends on the user’s experience and expertise in wielding the tool. There are people who’ve underwent Invisa...
by Mpkh
Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Let's get real -- How important is flossing with braces?
Replies: 29
Views: 2304

Re: Let's get real -- How important is flossing with braces?

doesn't waterpik also remove the plaque build up? i waterpik all over, especially along the gum line Waterpik can’t remove the plaque between teeth and along the gum line as well as floss can, mostly because floss can get into those tight spaces much, much better than a waterpik can. Plus floss is ...
by Mpkh
Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Getting approval for IPR
Replies: 4
Views: 318

Re: Getting approval for IPR

My orthodontist just told me I needed IPR done, and I went along with it. I didn’t ask so there was no approval to speak of. I’d imagine your orthodontist will make the call regarding whether or not IPR is appropriate for you.
by Mpkh
Fri Oct 26, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: I am having another long talk with my ortho on monday, is this normal?
Replies: 10
Views: 549

Re: I am having another long talk with my ortho on monday, is this normal?

I’m not an orthodontist, just another adult with braces. From my own experience, teeth do get slanted, rotated and intruded during that initial alignment phase. It’s not a representation of the final outcome. Once my teeth were aligned to where they needed to be, my orthodontist then worked on extru...