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by rsprouse
Tue Oct 23, 2007 7:31 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Using a retainer to straigten teeth?
Replies: 11
Views: 1572

You can achieve pretty dramatic results with Invisalign (http://www.invisalign.com) which is likely what you think of as a retainer. You may or may not be a good candidate, but realize there may be alternatives to traditional brackets.

Good Luck,
Rory
by rsprouse
Tue Oct 23, 2007 7:22 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Lost faith in my daughter's ortho (Update)
Replies: 40
Views: 5654

... She hasn't been to the dentist in about 9 months (my fault, time flies!); I assume that's long enough for a small cavity to develop. As to why the dentist didn't say anything about the excess glue then, I can only speculate that she didn't see it causing any problem then. The office should have...
by rsprouse
Mon Oct 22, 2007 4:33 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Lost faith in my daughter's ortho (Update)
Replies: 40
Views: 5654

Jennie, Can you explain to me or show me a picture of what you were told? I am guessing that the ortho left a ledge that collected plaque? I am not going to offer any advice since I don't know any details. But you should be aware that there is a good chance that any "bonding" that is done prior to b...
by rsprouse
Fri Oct 19, 2007 4:15 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Ortho won't prescribe pain medication
Replies: 14
Views: 3252

...Doctors are so concerned about rx abuse (and their liability) that they won't treat the people that genuinely need it. And that just infuriates me. That's not the Doctor's fault IMHO. That is the current system and I won't say anything further about it. In their defense, most patients can deal w...
by rsprouse
Fri Oct 19, 2007 3:13 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Ortho won't prescribe pain medication
Replies: 14
Views: 3252

Please try and talk to someone else besides the dentists, like an assistant or someone, they may be more willing to help. Good Luck!! :banana: :jump: :thumbsup: I doubt the assistant or anyone else in the office has a DEA number to prescribe prescription medication other than the Doc. That being sa...
by rsprouse
Fri Oct 19, 2007 6:44 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Ran out of elastics
Replies: 4
Views: 1020

If your ortho's office is inconvenient for a quick drive-by then you can call and ask them to drop a bag or two in the mail. You should have them the next business day. But as everyone else has stated, it is not a good idea to alter your treatment without asking those responsible for the final resul...
by rsprouse
Fri Oct 19, 2007 6:38 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Moving molars forward?
Replies: 7
Views: 7159

Re: Moving molars forward?

Mike, Orthodontics takes three things; time, space and force. Technically you can create a situation with all three and likely move any tooth that is not ankylosed. And if you left a space your molars would likely tilt into the space. The question you should be asking is why would you move the molar...
by rsprouse
Fri Oct 19, 2007 6:29 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Closing gaps, moving canines - horribly long question.
Replies: 4
Views: 1304

Your archwire will help move the teeth. While it may not seem like much but the archwire is heat activated and will move your teeth without anything else. An amazing thing is ask your ortho to show you how flexible the wire is at room temperature (you can almost tie it in a not) at about 90 degrees...
by rsprouse
Thu Oct 18, 2007 5:54 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Alternative to spacers/bands?
Replies: 16
Views: 2750

Kate my molars have mostly silver fillings ... a legacy of being a child of the 60's ... they're so big, that no dentist will consider changing them. I've also been told they will last the life of the tooth, whereas the tooth coloured ones won't. There is not a single restoration that will last the...
by rsprouse
Thu Oct 18, 2007 5:40 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: So....Damon braces do not cause root resorption?
Replies: 16
Views: 3479

Lets clarify, I don't believe I have root resorption issues. I find it weird there are those who cant tell the difference between a 'cure' (which is what someone convinced they are suffering from root resporption would be looking for) FYI, there is no "cure" for root resorption. It is like Michael ...
by rsprouse
Wed Oct 17, 2007 5:25 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: question for Dr. ?
Replies: 4
Views: 781

I'm sorry i didnt explain it very well. When I look at the top arch only, symmetrical would be eye tooth across from eye tooth , premoler across from premoler and so forth all the way back. If these teeth arent accross from each other are they in their correct positions, Is the goal to make these t...
by rsprouse
Tue Oct 16, 2007 6:19 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: question for Dr. ?
Replies: 4
Views: 781

Hi Lianas, The maxillary (upper) arch is actually longer and wider than the mandibular (lower) arch. If you measured the upper teeth they are actually a few mm longer than the lower teeth. Based on the design of our teeth, the best use is for a cusp-fossa relationship. Meaning that the pointy part o...
by rsprouse
Fri Oct 12, 2007 7:47 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Why dentists don't disclose
Replies: 5
Views: 1263

Would other options avoid this particular problem? I have no idea. Again, why not discuss this with your ortho, since it is quite possible that this would differ on a case by case basis. Experience will vary on a case by case basis. Yes their is a "normal" for which things happen as far as movement...
by rsprouse
Thu Oct 04, 2007 5:44 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: swallowing bracket???????????
Replies: 7
Views: 1079

You will want to look for the bracket on the way out so that your office can reattach it. You don't want to introduce a new bracket into the mix now do you?

Best,
Rory --> Joking of course :lol:
by rsprouse
Thu Oct 04, 2007 5:40 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Worried about extractions, Class II Div II malocclusion HELP
Replies: 13
Views: 1907

Dr. Jernigan once gave a brief summary of the ways of treating a deep bite (and which tends to be more appropriate depending on the case). I wonder how the docs feel about attempting such a summary for Class II cases... The division portion of Class II classification has to do with the inclination ...