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by gunter8888
Tue Sep 11, 2007 9:52 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Ortho Office Closed????
Replies: 9
Views: 794

If you only need wax check the local pharmacy or WalMart. I have seen was at both places.
by gunter8888
Tue Sep 11, 2007 9:50 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Powerchain Question
Replies: 7
Views: 8859

Like most things with braces it totally depends on your case and your orthodontists preferences. I got powerchains on my bottoms about 2 months ago. For the first month it was on all my bracketed lowers and I went in to have the chain changed every 2 weeks (a bit of a hassle). After the first month ...
by gunter8888
Mon Sep 10, 2007 1:05 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Confidence :/
Replies: 13
Views: 1662

This is a mighty common concern around here. To some extent, I think all of us have had these thoughts at one time or another. What I have learned in the year since I began is that to spite what I may think or feel, my braces are a much bigger deal to me than they are to anyone else. I have even fou...
by gunter8888
Wed Sep 05, 2007 11:51 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: has anybody looked into porcelin veneers in the past?
Replies: 12
Views: 1427

My wife has been looking into veneers for a year or two. Not as an alternative to braces (she had braces for 4 years in her teens and her teeth are still pretty straight), but to replace 2 old veneers that she got as a child after chipping her teeth in a fall. The veneers have not worn well. The oth...
by gunter8888
Fri Aug 31, 2007 9:08 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Corn on the cob
Replies: 15
Views: 2331

It seems that part of the fun of eating corn on the cob is the mess. I love the butter dripping down the chin and the kernels popping as they are bitten. However, braces bring a level of mess that I just don't want to deal with. This time of year I miss corn-on-the-cob dearly, but I think I will pro...
by gunter8888
Thu Aug 30, 2007 2:14 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: I am officially a Metal Mouth
Replies: 27
Views: 2835

Congrats on going metalic (and ceramic)! Some insurance companies make periodic installment payments to the orthodontist, rather than paying their portion in one, lump sum. If coverage is terminated before all of the payments are made the insurance company will not make any more payments. In other w...
by gunter8888
Wed Aug 29, 2007 8:22 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Power Chains - how often to they change yours?
Replies: 13
Views: 3720

Power Chains - how often to they change yours?

I have had power chains on my lower, front 6 teeth for about 4 weeks now. They seem to be doing a good job. My ortho has me coming back every 2 weeks to have just the power chains changed. Its not a big deal because I am always in an out in less than 15 minutes, but I am wondering if anyone else has...
by gunter8888
Wed Aug 29, 2007 8:09 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Quick question reguarding Expanders - bonded vs removable
Replies: 2
Views: 2492

The fact that your expander is putting pressure on your palate and gums makes me wonder if it is being expanded too quickly. At one time I was turning the key 3 times/week and it began pusing into my palate quite hard. I told my ortho about it and he said we were going too fast. We backed off to 2 t...
by gunter8888
Wed Aug 29, 2007 8:06 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: cost of palatal expander, somebody know?
Replies: 3
Views: 1021

Mine was included as part of the overall treatment so I don't know what the expander alone would cost.
by gunter8888
Tue Aug 28, 2007 5:55 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Nasty taste
Replies: 9
Views: 2475

I have the same problem with my expander (removable). My uneducated guess is that normally our saliva moves freely around our mouths while we sleep and we occasionally swallow some of it. When wearing retainers some of that saliva gets trapped in all the nooks and crannies and becomes stale (for lac...
by gunter8888
Mon Aug 27, 2007 6:22 am
Forum: The Bracket Club
Topic: A doctor a nurse an x-ray tech and a PT walk into a room
Replies: 10
Views: 1577

I know of three others here at work (one only has lowers), plus one more who got his off about 9 months ago and two others at church (husband and wife both in full metal - very cute!). I had a fun incident recently. I was eating out with my wife and each time our server came by she would sheepishly ...
by gunter8888
Mon Aug 27, 2007 6:16 am
Forum: The Bracket Club
Topic: and so it continues...UPDATED 10/31/07 - SOOO close to done!
Replies: 45
Views: 12756

I agree with Jamie. Pain is a strong word. Discomfort is better suited. After months of not feeling much of anything, feeling some discomfort again was reassuring. In my mind that is a sure sign of movement and movement it good.
by gunter8888
Thu Aug 23, 2007 1:16 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Sort of a crisis ... need a bit of help :(
Replies: 3
Views: 584

Keep the appointment. Life doesn't get any slower or any easier. Before long you are out of school and employed full time, then there's marriage, children etc. Next thing you know 25 years have passed and you're still waiting for the "right time". You've come this far. Finish it.
by gunter8888
Thu Aug 23, 2007 1:09 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Turmeric?
Replies: 11
Views: 1342

The color of green will depend on what the original color of the ligatures. I had some light gray ligs that turned a gray-green(pea green) color after eating some curry. If you have dark ligs (dark blue, dark green, black, etc) they are much less likely to stain. I have even had good luck with a med...
by gunter8888
Thu Aug 23, 2007 6:18 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Rotation Block? Pic.'s.
Replies: 8
Views: 1200

I got two of them at my adjustment last week. One on each of my lower canines. They are definitely doing the trick. My ortho has been trying to get them to rotate into proper position for almost a year. One week with rotation wedges and they are almost there! I should add that they did hurt quite a ...