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by eggraid101
Mon Oct 01, 2007 9:53 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Get Braces by Student Doctor at a Dental School?
Replies: 4
Views: 1106

You will get very good care at an orthodontic school, but the appointments themselves might be a little longer. The residents are learning, so there is some discussion about your teeth, too.
by eggraid101
Tue Sep 25, 2007 8:59 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: White spots?
Replies: 1
Views: 887

If you are brushing compulsively and flossing and using a flouride rinse, I would be surprised if you are developing white spots. Is it possible that you had a few white spots on your teeth before starting treatment? Sometimes people don't notice them until they are looking closely at their teeth (a...
by eggraid101
Mon Sep 24, 2007 12:44 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Pleeeeassse help!
Replies: 2
Views: 801

Re: Pleeeeassse help!

Hi everyone, i am new to this concept of jaw surgery. at my consult w/ my ortho a year ago (for a clear retainer similar to invisalign to correct only one crooked tooth-the rest were straight) my ortho brought up the option of jaw surgery but i ignored it. now i realize why i need it. my upper and ...
by eggraid101
Thu Sep 20, 2007 11:24 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Wrong premolar extraction!! Anyone else had??
Replies: 3
Views: 1336

The first and second premolars are actually pretty close in size usually. If you have a lot of crowding in the front part of your arch, it is usually best to have first premolars removed. "Burning anchorage" is really not a big deal in my opinion, it just means moving your back teeth forward, and I'...
by eggraid101
Mon Sep 17, 2007 7:04 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: I need some advice.
Replies: 10
Views: 1164

I would seek a second opinion from an Orthodontist if I were you. Talk to the dentist doing your work and explain your concerns, too.
by eggraid101
Mon Sep 17, 2007 6:58 am
Forum: Dental Do-dads (Dental Products Q's and Comments)
Topic: Closing the Gaps
Replies: 4
Views: 2644

There are many ways to tackle the problem of closing space, and the ones you mentioned can all work well. Unfortunately, some people's teeth move more slowly than others. I would talk to your orthodontist about your concerns, and hopefully he can explain the process he is using. If you are unhappy w...
by eggraid101
Mon Sep 17, 2007 6:50 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: frustrated AGAIN with my ortho
Replies: 14
Views: 2224

Hopefully your orthodontist can clarify why he is so insistent that you have them removed. It seems that he was concerned about them, referred you to a specialist for an evaluation and that specialist didn't see a need for treatment. Maybe you can ask the orthodontist to call the oral surgeon to cla...
by eggraid101
Thu Sep 13, 2007 6:56 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: used braces on ebay ? and braces for dogs ?
Replies: 29
Views: 3728

It's funny, some people like to keep their braces when we take them off, others would rather we just throw them out. We don't recycle braces for sure, and I've never heard of an orthodontist doing that, but there are things that we sterilize and use again. The instruments are an obvious example. We ...
by eggraid101
Thu Sep 13, 2007 6:41 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: oral surgeons
Replies: 2
Views: 836

"Oral and maxilofacial surgeon" is just the official name, there is not a specific subspecialty, although some surgeons do prefer to handle some more complicated surgeries such as orthognathic surgery (jaw surgery) or extensive reconstructive surgery. The specialty of orthodontics is actually "Ortho...
by eggraid101
Thu Sep 13, 2007 6:13 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: finding surgeon ortho northern virginia
Replies: 1
Views: 683

Elmo, I left you a personal message.
by eggraid101
Tue Sep 11, 2007 12:26 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Is it true that every time you have braces it makes your tee
Replies: 7
Views: 1409

I've never heard this one before, and I can tell you it's not true. During treatment, your teeth can appear smaller, but that's just because the braces cover a portion of your tooth. If you don't brush well, the gums can become inflamed and cover a portion of the tooth that was not covered before, b...
by eggraid101
Tue Sep 11, 2007 12:20 pm
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: Dr. Mullen: Definitive word on smoking and invisalign?
Replies: 3
Views: 6589

Scorpette, Congrats on getting started improving your smile! Don't you think now is a great time to work on improving your general health by quitting your smoking habit? Smoking can do a lot of damage to your teeth, gums, and mouth. It stains your teeth, can cause serious periodontal disease and the...
by eggraid101
Thu Sep 06, 2007 11:57 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: can teeth move?
Replies: 3
Views: 667

Teeth can go in directions you don't want them to, they obey the laws of physics that dictate there are equal and opposite forces. The trick is to minimize the unwanted movement and to favor the movements you want to see.
by eggraid101
Thu Sep 06, 2007 11:43 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Lower ceramics with an overbite
Replies: 6
Views: 1327

If your top teeth hit the ceramic brackets on your lower teeth, this will wear the top teeth down because the ceramic material is harder than the enamel on your teeth. This is not a problem with the metal brackets because that material is softer than your teeth. You can still have ceramic brackets o...
by eggraid101
Tue Sep 04, 2007 12:58 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Help please - UPDATE - with pics!!
Replies: 11
Views: 1206

Those problems are all pretty normal, the pain should subside in 4-5 days, although maybeup to a week or two for some people.