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by Chicagogal
Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:33 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Insurance Claim $1,500 rejected!! What can I do? Recourse?
Replies: 10
Views: 3113

Re: Insurance Claim $1,500 rejected!! What can I do? Recou

I did something similar to Iam918. my ortho gave me a bill that said "treatment balance" at the beginning of this year when my new FSA amount kicked in (ask your HR if it's an option, probably not available until your next open enrollment). I get a monthly bill dated for monthly dates this year (eve...
by Chicagogal
Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:23 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Be Careful if you drink tea
Replies: 7
Views: 1749

Re: Be Careful if you drink tea

I agree, everyone says that it's the ligs that stain and not the brackets. i have ceramic and my ligs/o-rings/powerchains have never stained, but I have noticed that my brackets have sort of faded from their original brilliance. You can tell in photos that they're just duller (and I haven't whitened...
by Chicagogal
Wed Apr 13, 2011 2:42 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Chicagoland surgeons
Replies: 4
Views: 899

Re: Chicagoland surgeons

I only have regular oral maxillofacial surgeon recommendations for Chicago and the western burbs. Let me know if you need them at some point. I only have experience with smaller procedures (zygomatic bone plates/anchors and wisdom teeth removal). Here is the group I went with for the plates and like...
by Chicagogal
Wed Apr 13, 2011 12:28 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Insurance Claim $1,500 rejected!! What can I do? Recourse?
Replies: 10
Views: 3113

Re: Insurance Claim $1,500 rejected!! What can I do? Recou

Well, you can almost always appeal. Im not a huge fan of Aetna, but at least the appeals process might give you time to save up for this. You can partially hold them off by asking for an itemized rejection if they didn't give you one. Otherwise, I really hate to say this, but the assumption of the a...
by Chicagogal
Mon Apr 11, 2011 10:32 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: FAQ and Vocabulary List for Newbies (or whomever!)
Replies: 8
Views: 1365

Re: FAQ and Vocabulary List for Newbies (or whomever!)

Hey just a quick note, a quad helix expander doesn't have a key. It has four loops which apply contestant force on your molars. the force expands your arch. It is cemented in place and is not removable. The expander with the key is called a Rapid Palate Expander, or RPE. I thougth I'd seend some hy...
by Chicagogal
Mon Apr 11, 2011 9:25 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Angry ram?
Replies: 26
Views: 6346

Re: Angry ram?

This has me cracking up. I've been dreading getting my elastics in a couple weeks because of the pain/annoyance (I'm excited for the movement), this has me looking forward to see what they're named after though :lol:
by Chicagogal
Fri Apr 08, 2011 9:11 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: FAQ and Vocabulary List for Newbies (or whomever!)
Replies: 8
Views: 1365

Re: FAQ and Vocabulary List for Newbies (or whomever!)

Hawley retainer – older more traditional style “reliable and strong” retainer with hard plastic covering palate on upper and a wire across the front of your teeth. Biting surfaces touch normally. Removable. Essix retainer – clear plastic, similar to invisalign aligners (maybe slightly less fragile)...
by Chicagogal
Fri Apr 08, 2011 9:07 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: FAQ and Vocabulary List for Newbies (or whomever!)
Replies: 8
Views: 1365

FAQ and Vocabulary List for Newbies (or whomever!)

I tried to do a good search for this before I posted (definitely correct me if I'm wrong). I've been here since 2007, but I still consider myself a "newb" in the wide wide world of orthodontics. As such, I hear many of you flex your knowledge on your (or others) braces processes and I’m often lost i...
by Chicagogal
Fri Apr 08, 2011 8:16 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: How do kinks in the wire work?
Replies: 8
Views: 8339

Re: How do kinks in the wire work?

Thanks Dr Jason. I was just wondering this myself when my ortho made an unprecedented 6 kinks in my lower wire last time. I was baffled at what it did, but I'm VERY thankful if that avoids repositioning a bracket :)
by Chicagogal
Fri Apr 08, 2011 8:07 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Been in braces about 6 weeks and feeling very discouraged.
Replies: 24
Views: 5710

Re: Been in braces about 6 weeks and feeling very discourage

I think that's a great call skeptical. Print out your questions that you wrote on here and bring them with. Once I start asking questions I often forget my more important ones while he answers my minor ones! Take a few phone pics yourself and ask if you can see your initial photo sheet that they pro...
by Chicagogal
Thu Apr 07, 2011 11:51 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Been in braces about 6 weeks and feeling very discouraged.
Replies: 24
Views: 5710

Re: Been in braces about 6 weeks and feeling very discourage

I know someone who has been in the business a while who always says "add 6 months to whatever they tell you." Now, I'm not sure that's necessarily true, but you're only ever getting an estimate. Some of traditional orthodontics is honestly a trial and error (ex. powerchains could close some gaps so ...
by Chicagogal
Wed Apr 06, 2011 3:19 pm
Forum: Dental Do-dads (Dental Products Q's and Comments)
Topic: What type of toothpaste do you use?
Replies: 59
Views: 32840

Re: What type of toothpaste do you use?

I use a prescription toothpaste my ortho gave me twice a day (Colgate PreviDent 5000). I use that in the morning and before bed, and then after lunch I use Sensodyne Pronamel. My dentist and ortho both gave me that as well. I use it on occasion, but not once a day like they say. I am honestly getti...
by Chicagogal
Wed Apr 06, 2011 1:06 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Body dysmorphic
Replies: 4
Views: 1325

Re: Body dysmorphic

I'm so sorry to hear you're feeling so terribly about yourself. Sounds incredibly painful to go through. Honestly, you need to do the counseling first. If you tell that story to any orthodontist or cosmetic surgeon/dentist, a good one would tell you the same. There is just too much risk in making ye...
by Chicagogal
Wed Apr 06, 2011 12:54 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Dissatisfaction with braces after one year
Replies: 7
Views: 3288

Re: Dissatisfaction with braces after one year

Wow, that Is a LOT you feel is wrong. Probably more than anyone on this board can address in whole (I think it's ok to vent here, but that's a lot to digest). I've learned a few things in my 1 year (think you can make certain judgements after that time period, but not final judgements): 1) If you de...
by Chicagogal
Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:55 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Less than 24 hours before braces
Replies: 14
Views: 1947

Re: Less than 24 hours before braces

Welcome to our world :tingrin: the ashtray thing: vom. I'd be afraid of making them mad on future visits if I asked for someone else, but that is gross. mouth breathing next time? a little menthol balm or lotion around your nose? and what is that stuff they dry your teeth with when prepping for the ...