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by EmilyTravels
Sun Dec 16, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: ok, I've got options. Which way should I go?
Replies: 26
Views: 1666

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

If I had to choose between Invisalign with attachments (or even without) and regular braces, I would pick the latter, hands down. I finished with 14 months in standard braces and have now been in Essix retainers for a couple of months. Even though my teeth and smile look much nicer when my retainers...
by EmilyTravels
Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Did I just mess up my fixed retainer?
Replies: 2
Views: 300

Re: Did I just mess up my fixed retainer?

Thanks. Fortunately, it has stayed attached, and yes, I do have an Essix that goes over it that I am wearing full-time. The permanent doesn't feel as strange as it did when I first bent it, so I guess it is okay for now. I was slightly panicking at first, but now I have calmed down since there seem ...
by EmilyTravels
Sat Dec 08, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Elastics in bite correction
Replies: 25
Views: 1571

Re: Elastics in bite correction

It is still magic to me, but elastics do work! I was in a Class 2 configuration alternating with triangles to help with my slightly open anterior bite for an overall time of 9-10 months out of my 14 months in braces. As I sit here now with retainers and no elastics, the improvements in my overjet/op...
by EmilyTravels
Sun Dec 02, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Bracket came off - day 4
Replies: 18
Views: 737

Re: Bracket came off - day 4

Due diligence and having clean hands while handling aligners is certainly best but altogether too often just not possible. I was sailing a couple weeks ago and pulled the aligners with grody hands while wearing foul, stinking gloves in order to have a sandwich and thought: I'm so done managing alig...
by EmilyTravels
Thu Nov 29, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Did I just mess up my fixed retainer?
Replies: 2
Views: 300

Did I just mess up my fixed retainer?

So, one month out of braces and have a fixed bottom retainer. Today I was eating a sandwich for lunch with some pretty hard toasted bread, biting in with all my front teeth. Suddenly I felt something strange in my fixed retainer and immediately feared I'd messed up its attachment to one of my bottom...
by EmilyTravels
Thu Nov 29, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Bracket came off - day 4
Replies: 18
Views: 737

Re: Bracket came off - day 4

I get this, Andy. I had traditional braces, and I swear my Essix retainers (similar to Invisalign aligners) are more trouble than braces! Every time I want to eat or drink anything other than water, out they come. And then I have to clean them prior to re-inserting them. Of course you know the drill...
by EmilyTravels
Thu Nov 29, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Impressions / Scans
Replies: 16
Views: 568

Re: Impressions / Scans

None until time for my retainers...not sure how normal that is, but that's how it worked for me at my orthodontist's office.
by EmilyTravels
Tue Nov 27, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: My teeth still don't look straight after Invisalign? + Pics
Replies: 3
Views: 502

Re: My teeth still don't look straight after Invisalign? + Pics

I think it's the shape and size differences in your teeth, as you pointed out. Also, it looks like you have attachments, and that could make anyone's teeth look a little wonky! But even when those come off, I think you're going to want some cosmetic work done, like you plan. I suspect once that work...
by EmilyTravels
Sun Nov 25, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Chewing gum alternatives?
Replies: 4
Views: 303

Re: Chewing gum alternatives?

I chewed sugarfree gum while I had braces. I have a bad daytime grinding habit, and the gum chewing kept me from grinding my teeth. So, maybe the lesser of two evils? Sugarfree gum did not stick to my brackets or wires at all. I know it is a "no no" for many orthodontists, but I truly had no problem...
by EmilyTravels
Fri Nov 16, 2018 6:41 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: 60 and braced
Replies: 36
Views: 1543

Re: 60 and braced

So sorry you are still having such anxiety, Gia! I too noticed my braces all the time throughout my entire braced period. I focused on them a lot -- too much, but I was going through a rather boring phase of life and didn't have a lot of other things going on to take my focus off my braces. Interest...
by EmilyTravels
Fri Nov 16, 2018 6:31 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Braces due to come off but I'm not happy with results
Replies: 8
Views: 682

Re: Braces due to come off but I'm not happy with results

Same! I got my braces off at the end of October with one top central incisor still slightly rotated. very similar to yours (same tooth exactly), probably a little worse, actually. I had to be debraced since I was leaving the country fpr the winter and was already a few months past my expected end da...
by EmilyTravels
Sat Nov 03, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: Braces after Jaw Fracture at Age 56!
Replies: 64
Views: 6068

Re: Braces after Jaw Fracture at Age 56!

Thanks Gia! Fortunately, I have adjusted to my retainers just fine, and my gums are no longer inflamed -- that lasted about four days, then settled down. I still hate my upper Essix, as it ends up with multitudes of spit bubbles inside and makes me look like a freak. So I am only wearing it when I a...
by EmilyTravels
Tue Oct 30, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: Braces after Jaw Fracture at Age 56!
Replies: 64
Views: 6068

Re: Braces after Jaw Fracture at Age 56!

I got my upper braces off yesterday, 14 months and 1 day after application. Woo-hoo! The original verbal estimate from my ortho was 8-10 months, which I thought was insanely fast, especially considering that almost everyone else seems to be in braces for 18-24 months. My contract stated 12-14 months...
by EmilyTravels
Fri Oct 26, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: Braces after Jaw Fracture at Age 56!
Replies: 64
Views: 6068

Re: Braces after Jaw Fracture at Age 56!

Thanks! Yes, I am so excited. It's crazy, we're in the process of moving to another country (Mexico) and so much is going on with that, I have barely had a minute to think about my braces removal just three days from now. I went from being obsessed about every little thing about my braces to focusin...
by EmilyTravels
Tue Oct 23, 2018 5:01 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Intense anxiety/panic since braced
Replies: 15
Views: 521

Re: Intense anxiety/panic since braced

No, I wouldn't think the water flosser should dislodge brackets, as so many people here use them. I gave up on mine because in our tiny RV bathroom, it just took up way too much counter space and was messy. But as I've mentioned before, I lost brackets with some frequency on my crowned teeth only. A...