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by smile2006
Wed Jan 09, 2008 7:13 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Update
Replies: 3
Views: 603

Congrats on seeing the finish line. I too wanted to get my teeth whitened right after my braces came off. The surgery and 6 weeks with a splint had made them "gross". My ortho wanted me to wait at least a month for the gum tissue to return to normal. I definately saw a change in gum tissue after my ...
by smile2006
Sun Jan 06, 2008 8:21 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: discolored front tooth
Replies: 5
Views: 1431

I would suggest gettting it done. I think you'd be pleased with the results. It turned out better than I could have imagined. If I knew it would have produced that type of result I would have done it much earlier :D Good luck and let me know if your dentist thinks the bleaching needs to be periodica...
by smile2006
Sat Jan 05, 2008 11:12 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: What kind of lipbalm do you use?
Replies: 28
Views: 4855

I like Chap-Stick all natural for everyday use. Also Eminence Organic Skin Care has an organic Citrus lip balm in a pot that is wonderful but at $24.00 for a small pot (.27 oz) it's too pricey to use all the time.
by smile2006
Sat Jan 05, 2008 10:48 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: discolored front tooth
Replies: 5
Views: 1431

Hi- I got kicked in the mouth as a kid and over the years my left front tooth also became very discolored. Before getting my braces I had a root canal done and internal bleaching. The root canal was not painful, actually an easy root canal compared to one done on a molar where there are multiple roo...
by smile2006
Fri Jan 04, 2008 2:18 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: i don't want to wear my elastics ...
Replies: 4
Views: 1763

Interesting issue. I had an anterior open bite that was corrected with upper and lower jaw surgery. I remember being thrilled that my bite was closed after surgery but also wishing I had more overlap in my front teeth. I thought the same thing, my ortho will pull the top teeth down....nope he furher...
by smile2006
Wed Jan 02, 2008 2:19 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Bone Graft/Genioplasty => health ensurance?
Replies: 3
Views: 941

I was the lucky one who had genio covered by insurance. I actually paid for it upfront but my surgeon's office said they would sumbit it and see what happened. It was totally my luck that my insurance did cover it. I feel very lucky. My upper and lower was preapproved before surgery and I still thin...
by smile2006
Sun Dec 30, 2007 7:40 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: I am smiling! Picture included
Replies: 23
Views: 8010

I didn't have any teeth extracted with this round of braces/surgery. I had two upper and two lower pre-molars extracted in my teens when I had braces the first time. This was a second go around for me as my bite problems were skeletal but not treated that way the first time.
by smile2006
Sun Dec 30, 2007 7:29 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Wife getting wired at 43, how do I react?
Replies: 13
Views: 2459

Take an interest in things and expect that whe will likely stare at her teeth alot. Get a digital camera if you dn't have one and offer to take pictures. Braces won't change anything about her but her teeth :D Also, if possible, offer to go with her when she gets her braces on!
by smile2006
Sat Dec 29, 2007 5:27 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: I am smiling! Picture included
Replies: 23
Views: 8010

Actually with some natural settling the tooth went up slightly on its own. He did a little filing down of the point of the canine but didn't want t take too much off for bite reasons. It still looks fine to me.
by smile2006
Wed Dec 26, 2007 7:27 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Numbness?
Replies: 13
Views: 1958

Hi Phil- After my surgery I also had a lot of numbness on one side up near my eye. It was definately weird feeling and I was concerned. I remember it lasted for a little over a week and then faded pretty rapidly. Hopefully you'll see the same. Also, the side with that numbness had a screw that was p...
by smile2006
Sat Dec 22, 2007 11:41 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: An impossible appliance ...
Replies: 18
Views: 7873

Clo- I'm sorry to see this latest post. I remembered that around early December you were supposed to get this appliance and I was wondering how it was going. Is that as far as you can bite down? I can imagine that it would be painful on your jaw due to the angle. Do you have any idea what you might ...
by smile2006
Sat Dec 22, 2007 11:28 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Update--The Comeback Kid is back from the orthodontist!
Replies: 287
Views: 37211

Personally, I really can't tell you have lumps in your cheeks. To the rest of the world you probably look fine. :D I think at this time of year if I was on a liquid diet I'd like egg nog and rum milkshakes...........in fact I might try one anyway!!!! Glad you are feeling like yourself again.
by smile2006
Fri Dec 21, 2007 7:14 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: I'm obsessing
Replies: 13
Views: 2077

I have my braces off now and I've been asking Mr. Smile2006 to take periodic photos so I can be assured nothing has moved.....In some ways I feel more obsessed now that they are off, YIKES :D
by smile2006
Fri Dec 21, 2007 7:04 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Update--The Comeback Kid is back from the orthodontist!
Replies: 287
Views: 37211

I had one final appointment with my surgeon yesterday. I explained to him that I still had a little numbness on one side of my lower lip and chin but that after 18 months I still feel it improving (although slowly). He said it could take up to three years and if it is getting better it will likely g...
by smile2006
Thu Dec 20, 2007 5:02 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Retention package scam?
Replies: 9
Views: 2474

I did have a $350 retention fee (for 3 years of check-ups) but , in my opinion, the cost of treatment was comparable to other orthos in the area (if not a little cheaper) with the retainer fee factored in. As far as the retention package, it does seem odd to me. Although I am in the minority here, I...