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by JumpTheDitch
Wed Feb 26, 2014 6:11 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: What colors for braces?
Replies: 19
Views: 1489

Re: What colors for braces?

Run a search for older topics on ling colours; there's a great thread from about 6 years ago with lots of suggestions & pics people have posted with their new & favourite colour combos. Good luck :-)
by JumpTheDitch
Sat Feb 22, 2014 8:46 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Spacers as active treatment?
Replies: 2
Views: 399

Re: Spacers as active treatment?

That's true Sirwired, I know my dentist is mindful of the 'opposite end' effect of elastics, though she's trying to replace the height of the initial TMJ splint and subsequent molar build-ups. When they wear down a little the headaches all come flooding back, so it seems there's quite some extrusion...
by JumpTheDitch
Sat Feb 22, 2014 8:39 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: How many did you do?
Replies: 33
Views: 2961

Re: How many did you do?

That's good Orwellian; I assume if your ortho wanted you in for a spacer-placing appointment they'd have let you know when you made your 'installation' appointment. There's a schedule that they normally follow for appointments - consult, records, impressions, spacers, banding, etc - however your ort...
by JumpTheDitch
Sat Feb 22, 2014 8:34 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Does everyone get spacers?
Replies: 8
Views: 1368

Re: Does everyone get spacers?

This question comes up quite regularly. Spacers are usually used to prep the teeth that are going to be banded (usually molars, sometimes premolars if other appliances such as expanders, etc are to be used). It seems that many orthos tend to use brackets on the molars as opposed to bands. My ortho u...
by JumpTheDitch
Fri Feb 21, 2014 5:42 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Spaces between lower teeth: not happy
Replies: 10
Views: 3565

Re: Spaces between lower teeth: not happy

.. I meant to mention also, it's hard to see as the pic is quite dark, but it appears as though your canines slant inwards slightly. I would never have thought my palate was narrow in the least, not even after two separate NM dentists diagnosed a narrow upper palate. It was only when I was shown a m...
by JumpTheDitch
Fri Feb 21, 2014 5:38 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Spaces between lower teeth: not happy
Replies: 10
Views: 3565

Re: Spaces between lower teeth: not happy

Since you ask....it's hard to say from the pic, but I would be more concerned that your lowers look a little narrow to me, and the canines don't appear to be in that nice, rounded arch everyone's striving for. I'm certainly not an orthodontist, so it's only my 2c worth, but I'd be bringing up the 's...
by JumpTheDitch
Fri Feb 21, 2014 5:27 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Brackets on second molars
Replies: 16
Views: 2109

Re: Brackets on second molars

With my first lot of braces I had a second lot of bands on my second molars. It was some months in, I can't remember how many. No one ever mentioned brackets as an alternative, I just was told to arrive for a spacer-application appointment the week beforehand. I think it was to provide more anchorag...
by JumpTheDitch
Fri Feb 21, 2014 5:23 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: How many did you do?
Replies: 33
Views: 2961

Re: How many did you do?

So 8 more spacers today makes 25 so far. The new 8 stay in for two weeks, then come out for two weeks, then are replaced with another 8 for two weeks, and so on. I'm not sure how long the cycle goes on for. So next month my spacer count will reach 33, then 41, etc. I only have 30 teeth in total! I r...
by JumpTheDitch
Fri Feb 21, 2014 5:19 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Spacers as active treatment?
Replies: 2
Views: 399

Spacers as active treatment?

Oh spacers, my old friends. I had an adjustment today; I was very surprised to get spacers between my lowers, despite already having upper and lower braces (along with upper and lower lingual arches). Apparently the EIGHT spacers I got today have to remain in situ for 2 weeks, after which I'm to pul...
by JumpTheDitch
Wed Feb 19, 2014 5:14 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Just got my palatal expander
Replies: 6
Views: 700

Re: Just got my palatal expander

Hi Caitlin, I'm sorry to hear you're having trouble; like everyone will tell you - it does get better, it just takes some time. I know that's not helpful because you can't really speed up the time, but sirwired is right; reading aloud or simply speaking (alone if you like) as often as you can will h...
by JumpTheDitch
Wed Feb 19, 2014 7:51 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: And... they're off!
Replies: 18
Views: 1520

Re: And... they're off!

Congratulations on your newfound freedom - pics?? :-D
by JumpTheDitch
Wed Feb 19, 2014 7:49 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: What's the trick to removing an Essix?
Replies: 4
Views: 422

Re: What's the trick to removing an Essix?

I can't believe it but I seriously can't remember! I do recall the Essix quickly lost it's 'tightness' so hopefully it'll gradually become easier to get that sucker out. I don't recall my original hawleys being difficult though, hopefully yours won't be troublesome like Jill's. My second set of Hawl...
by JumpTheDitch
Thu Feb 13, 2014 9:20 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: silicone wax vs wax
Replies: 18
Views: 2604

Re: silicone wax vs wax

I actually prefer the 'Wisdom' brand over the GUM brand, I find it sticks much better, & is more malleable, & I can choose the amount from the small sticks, rather than have to try to rip apart a 'pellet' of GUM. I agree that silicon can be really hardy once u get it in place. My dentist told me to ...
by JumpTheDitch
Tue Feb 11, 2014 6:39 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Adult Non-Surgical Palatal Expansion
Replies: 74
Views: 45381

Re: Adult Non-Surgical Palatal Expansion

I had my extraction spaces reopened with a sagittal expander called a 'CD Advancer'. I wore it for 6 months & it worked very quickly & very well. It pushes the front six teeth forward, opening up the spaces where the second bicuspids would normally be, so your front six teeth remain mostly together,...
by JumpTheDitch
Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:18 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Functional Orthodontics for Traditional Retreatment
Replies: 4
Views: 1390

Re: Functional Orthodontics for Traditional Retreatment

Sorry to hear about the not-so good outcomes. I'm in the process of reversing 'traditional orthodontic' extraction & overjet treatment retraction. I started with a TMJ mandibular positioning splint for Phase One, then had a CD Advancer sagittal appliance for about 6 months to open up the extraction ...