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It begins!! Spacers and confidence in your ortho

Posted: Thu May 01, 2008 1:19 am
by Printemps
Hello everyone! Well, after 6 yeas of humming and hawwing I have finally taken the plunge. Got my spacers fitted yesterday, four lovely blue little devils. When I had them fitted, it was painful during insertion and no pain really after that.Its only this morning my teeth have started to ache! They feel like theres a tight band around 4 teeth on each side! But I can deal with this, it's good pain!! Trying to eat normally although it hurts, so that OI can break that pain barrier. I don't think it bothers me too much as I have had these before,and know what to expect. Anyway... I am feeling a little bit nervous about my choice of ortho- he did not seem so thorough,and Its a bit late to pull out now! No ceph analysis, no photos, very quick dental exam and doesn't like to be questioned- also does not seem interested in the jaws,just my teeth.. but I am going with him as he's a proponent of non -surgical expansion and offers linguals- but i'm feeling a little nervy--

Posted: Thu May 01, 2008 5:52 am
by eggraid101
It's not too late, if you wanted to get a second opinion, I would do it immediately, before appliances are placed. Spacers are no big deal in the scheme of treatment, but once you get appliances in, that's when it becomes a little more difficult, but not impossible to switch doctors.

Getting a second opinion will either tell you that your gut feeling was correct, or will instill confidence in your present orthodontist.

Posted: Thu May 01, 2008 9:20 am
by Printemps
Thanks eggraid- unfortunately he has my xrays- and ortho consultations start at 150 dollars a pop where I live, I'd rather not have more xrays taken too- aghh- is it odd not to do a ceph tracing?

Posted: Fri May 02, 2008 12:54 am
by Printemps
Thanks a million, good advice, as always! I think I'll go for a second (or rather 5th!) opinion. Ps my gosh do these spacers hurt more than i remembered! And my lower teeth hurt too, despite being spacer-less!

Posted: Fri May 02, 2008 4:30 am
by sauerkraut
Printemps, yes, I agree that a second opinion is a very good idea.

Please forgive me if I'm wrong, but I do just have a suspicion that you might have been told by an ortho you have some faith in that the best way to go would be surgery (SARPE). That you're very nervous about that idea (who wouldn't be?) and are trying to convince yourself that a non-surgical route would be OK. Having found an ortho prepared to take the non-surgical route, you're now having second thoughts if that really is the best way.

If I'm right, it seems to me that only a second opinion can give you peace of mind.

I remember I posted on your thread when you asked about people who'd had good results without SARPE. And it looks like there are people who do get an acceptable result without surgery, one way or another. But I myself did need SARPE and I think with my mouth and bite there was no way round it. Only the professionals who've looked at all your records can say what's best for you.

And SARPE really isn't such a terribly big deal. (Easy for me to say, I know, now I'm already "on the other side" :wink: ) If you need us, you'll find a very supportive group of Sarpies over on the Surgery board :)

By the way, I also had spacers put in last Weds and I know just how you feel :cry:

Posted: Fri May 02, 2008 9:45 am
by Printemps
Thanks Meryaten, Sauerkraut! :D Thank you so much for the moral support- I tried to express my concerns to People earlier who told me I was being obsessive and paranoid- I just want the best possible result! I'm also tempted by the prospect of linguals, as confidence is an issue for me.. thats is a very apt observation, that I want to convince myself that this is ok- I just don't know, the fact he wasn't terribly thorough also bothered me, no mention of my skeletal class iii, no measurements also-is it possible to tell whether or not the suture is fully fused by just having the dentist feel it? Cos he felt my palate and told me it would work, as it hadn't fully fused.