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by gunter8888
Fri Jul 20, 2007 6:22 am
Forum: The Bracket Club
Topic: and so it continues...UPDATED 10/31/07 - SOOO close to done!
Replies: 45
Views: 12756

Little slow in posting on my most recent adjustment. I went in for my scheduled adjustment on Wednesday. Dr. W took a close look and was very pleased with what he saw. He says we are making progress on the crossbite on my right side. He was also pleased with the progress made by my Class III elastic...
by gunter8888
Fri Jul 20, 2007 6:11 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Announcing your decision to your wife/hubby/partner
Replies: 31
Views: 5054

My wife was never against me getting braces so long as the funds were available. She did think I was crazy at first because she had braces w/ headgear for 4 years as a teenager and remembers it being very painful. When I explained the difficulties I was having with my teeth and my bite she was very ...
by gunter8888
Thu Jul 19, 2007 7:50 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Share your experience with expanders... An update!
Replies: 67
Views: 10183

Sorry to hear about the pain. I can definitely relate. I used Ibuprofen and took solace in the fact that the pain rarely lasted more than a day or two. The gaps do get pretty big. Personally, I loved seeing the gap widen. It meant progress! Once your braces go on your teeth will have plenty of room ...
by gunter8888
Tue Jul 17, 2007 8:05 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Share your experience with expanders... An update!
Replies: 67
Views: 10183

I got gaps between some of my front teeth when I had my first expander. Once expansion is complete they all slide together nicely.

The best part of expansion is that I now have a wider, more full smile. It was well worth the hassles.
by gunter8888
Wed Jul 11, 2007 7:36 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Braces/Sleep Apena and Jaw Surgery
Replies: 3
Views: 788

Generally speaking the jaw itself does not cause sleep apnea. There are 2 types of apnea; Central Sleep Apnea is when the brain actually stops telling your lungs to breathe. This type is fairly rare. The more common type Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA. OSA is caused by the muscles in the palate and ...
by gunter8888
Mon Jul 09, 2007 3:39 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Upper Expander Concerns
Replies: 4
Views: 1014

Hi Debbie and welcome to the expander club. I began my braces treatment with 6 months in a removable expander and I am now 2 weeks into my second expander. While it is possible to adapt to them, they are not fun. Personally, I think the extra plastic on the removable expanders makes them worse than ...
by gunter8888
Fri Jun 29, 2007 6:59 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: ripped off?
Replies: 6
Views: 922

Definitely read your contract. Most ortho offices set a fixed price based on completing the treatment, regardless of length of treatment. One exception may be if they feel there was a lack of compliance on the patient's part (i.e. not using appliances, headgear, elastics, etc as prescribed." Good lu...
by gunter8888
Wed Jun 27, 2007 2:16 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: What do you dislike the most about your braces?
Replies: 30
Views: 3354

+1 on the food and
+1 on flossing

The cost isn't fun, but I still think its worth it.
by gunter8888
Wed Jun 27, 2007 7:57 am
Forum: The Bracket Club
Topic: and so it continues...UPDATED 10/31/07 - SOOO close to done!
Replies: 45
Views: 12756

Just got to work after my quick visit to the ortho to pick up my "appliance". Appliance seems like a fitting term. With this thing in I feel like I have a refrigerator in my mouth. Holy hunks-o-plastic Batman! Its got a thick slab of acrylic over my palate from the back of my front teeth to my back ...
by gunter8888
Fri Jun 22, 2007 1:27 pm
Forum: The Bracket Club
Topic: and so it continues...UPDATED 10/31/07 - SOOO close to done!
Replies: 45
Views: 12756

Gotta love a positive point of view! Thanks Karen. I just had some amazing chile verde for lunch and things don't look quite so bleak. One more upside - when I finally do get my retainers I will already be used to having all that plastic in my mouth. :D I will be very interested to hear how your IPR...
by gunter8888
Fri Jun 22, 2007 10:34 am
Forum: The Bracket Club
Topic: and so it continues...UPDATED 10/31/07 - SOOO close to done!
Replies: 45
Views: 12756

Oh, I forgot to mention that I will also likely be getting Inter-Proximal Reduction on some of my lower teeth. No date is set yet, but I am pretty sure that I am not looking forward to it. It also doesn't help that I have had more pain from this adjustment than I have had in a long time. Even though...
by gunter8888
Fri Jun 22, 2007 10:30 am
Forum: The Bracket Club
Topic: and so it continues...UPDATED 10/31/07 - SOOO close to done!
Replies: 45
Views: 12756

Had another adjustment yesterday. Initially, the adjustment was pretty uneventful - new ligs and wires, but the wires were the same size as last month. Then the doc asked his assistant to take an impression of my upper jaw. I immediately stopped him to ask what for. It was safe to assume that it was...
by gunter8888
Thu Jun 21, 2007 10:37 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: For those with expanders: why did you need them??
Replies: 2
Views: 549

Your case sounds a lot like mine. I had a posterior crossbite and things were a little too crowded. The expander took care of both problems.
by gunter8888
Mon Jun 18, 2007 2:11 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Ok to stop elastics temporarily?
Replies: 9
Views: 1349

I'm with Meryaten. I would not do anything that might impare my progress. I can understand being a little self-concious around new people, but your braces/elastics don't change who you are. As many of us have discovered, our braces are a much bigger issue to us than they ever are to anyone else. Mos...
by gunter8888
Mon Jun 18, 2007 2:08 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: elastics stretching?
Replies: 17
Views: 1911

Following the ortho's advice is always best, but I am a little surprised that they said only once a day. I was told to change mine 3-4 times a day because elastics do stretch out and lose effectiveness. I will be interested to hear what your ortho says.