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by EmilyTravels
Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:04 am
Forum: Dental Do-dads (Dental Products Q's and Comments)
Topic: Which Waterpik tip do you use?
Replies: 20
Views: 5077

Re: Which Waterpik tip do you use?

Since debracing I only use mine occasionally, and put it under the sink and off the counter. In the thread "Confess your orthodontic sins" someone posted that they use their flosser to blast away gunk around the sink drain and overflow hole, which I think is genius. I haven't tried it yet, though. ...
by EmilyTravels
Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:02 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: I have anxiety over cleaning my teeth, please help!
Replies: 9
Views: 645

Re: I have anxiety over cleaning my teeth, please help!

I second the regular cleanings with the general dentist. I go once every 3 to 4 months. Also, fluoride rinses would help too. I don't think it's the ortho's responsibility to tell you if you have developed a cavity, but your ortho would probably give you feedback on how effective (or not) your oral...
by EmilyTravels
Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Appointments
Replies: 31
Views: 2901

Re: Appointments

My next appointment is 6 weeks out. I have self-ligating braces (Speed system, similar to Damon), which supposedly increases the length between appointments and decreases the # of appointments needed. Fine with me! :)
by EmilyTravels
Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: How to get fibre
Replies: 3
Views: 340

Re: How to get fibre

Yeah, salad is tough. Just ate a big quinoa/veggie salad on top of spring mix one for dinner tonight, and it was a real pain to eat. May have to avoid for awhile. I am getting plenty of fiber, though. For breakfast I eat high fiber wheat cereal with a sliced banana, chia seeds (great fiber!), a spri...
by EmilyTravels
Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: Dental Do-dads (Dental Products Q's and Comments)
Topic: Which Waterpik tip do you use?
Replies: 20
Views: 5077

Re: Which Waterpik tip do you use?

Well, I have to say that this Waterpik thing is kinda messy! Glad I decided to try with plain water, as it gets all over the sink area, mirror, etc, and I wouldn't want mouthwash all over those surfaces. Any tips for neat Waterpiking? :huh: After filling the reservoir with warm tap water, I bend ov...
by EmilyTravels
Wed Sep 20, 2017 1:23 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Losing weight with braces?
Replies: 2
Views: 324

Re: Losing weight with braces?

I had my jaw wired together due to a fracture in April (bike accident). I kept my weight up by having lots of delicious home made milkshakes with extra protein powder added. My favorite was chocolate milkshake + vanilla protein powder + peanut butter. Tons of calories! I also had healthy fruit/veggi...
by EmilyTravels
Wed Sep 20, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Dying for some chips and salsa
Replies: 16
Views: 1165

Re: Dying for some chips and salsa

I was able to eat chips after the first week in braces. Just got new wires on Monday and was able to eat chips on Tuesday night. :D
by EmilyTravels
Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:44 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Self-ligating braces: difficulty & pain when getting wires off
Replies: 11
Views: 888

Re: Self-ligating braces: difficulty & pain when getting wires off

djspeece wrote:Maybe the tech could support the back of your tooth to help minimize it's motion. Sounds like this is not very pleasant.
She actually did this -- thank goodness1
by EmilyTravels
Tue Sep 19, 2017 12:04 pm
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: First wire change!
Replies: 6
Views: 1134

Re: First wire change!

Yes, that seems long, but what do I know? :BigGrin: I also have self-ligating brackets and had my first wire change just three weeks out. But part of that was because they waited until the 3 week mark to put the final four brackets on my molars, which are crowned. Since they were adding those bracke...
by EmilyTravels
Tue Sep 19, 2017 12:00 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Self-ligating braces: difficulty & pain when getting wires off
Replies: 11
Views: 888

Re: Self-ligating braces: difficulty & pain when getting wires off

I had that issue with two ceramic brackets on top. My theory was that after 4-6 weeks of moving, the wire was torqueing the bracket (perhaps due to tooth rotation) in such a way to jam the mechanism a bit. In theory the wires are supposed to move effortlessly through the brackets but I suspect that...
by EmilyTravels
Mon Sep 18, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Self-ligating braces: difficulty & pain when getting wires off
Replies: 11
Views: 888

Re: Self-ligating braces: difficulty & pain when getting wires off

They always remove the wires at each appointment and have me brush and floss. They want to be sure the slots are cleaned well each time I go in. Frequently they just put the same wires back in. I don't get " upgraded" to heavier wires all that often. It took two and a half years before I got to the...
by EmilyTravels
Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Self-ligating braces: difficulty & pain when getting wires off
Replies: 11
Views: 888

Re: Self-ligating braces: difficulty & pain when getting wires off

Yes indeed, I have the same ceramic top / metal bottom self-ligating brackets (Damon) and the same problem. A couple of the bottom ones are always hard to open, and they don't know why. The ceramic ones are never a problem. As for the crowned molars, my brackets kept falling off them so they switch...
by EmilyTravels
Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Self-ligating braces: difficulty & pain when getting wires off
Replies: 11
Views: 888

Self-ligating braces: difficulty & pain when getting wires off

Three weeks into my braces journey, and I just had my appointment to have brackets put on four crowned molars plus my first wire change top and bottom. OWIE. The tech. (who is experienced) had a hard time opening some of the gates on the metal self-ligating brackets on the bottom teeth, and it reall...
by EmilyTravels
Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:24 am
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: Braces after Jaw Fracture at Age 56!
Replies: 64
Views: 6679

Re: Braces after Jaw Fracture at Age 56!

Three weeks in, and I just had my appointment to have brackets put on four crowned molars plus a wire change. OWIE. She had a hard time opening some of the gates on the self-ligating brackets on the bottom teeth, and it really hurt. Felt like she was pulling my teeth out! She felt bad and didn't kno...
by EmilyTravels
Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:08 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Having double jaw surgery next year (2018) - Question
Replies: 6
Views: 846

Re: Having double jaw surgery next year (2018) - Question

Hi guys, I am due to have double jaw surgery in 2018 (booked provisional consultation_. I wanted to know will I need to have my upper wisdom teeth out? I have already had my lower wisdom teeth out & didn't even think to get my upper set out too. Thanks in advance My lower wisdom teeth were impacted...