New Braces at Age 66

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TCCZ
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Re: New Braces at Age 66

#16 Post by TCCZ »

Well it has been four hours since my adjustment. The past 6 weeks has been with out any real problems to report and thank goodness. So what has been happening, the bottom right premolar, second premolar and molar have moved back and are real easy to proxy brush as you can guess. The left canine has really moved and while not completely in the space yet where the tooth was pulled, it is standing straight up and does not stick out as much. I am pleased with that since that was the tooth that always annoyed me the most. They took off all the springs on the bottom teeth except the one attached to the canine on the left. That was nice since flossing was a pain and proxy brushes are/were my real and true friend. I will see if brushing and flossing are a little easier now. I found that flossing while not only being difficult but it was hard to really get around each tooth so I do have some stain I can see. Again get a good supply of different size proxy brushes since the spaces between individual teeth change all the time. In the 4 hours since the tightening, my bottom teeth have already started to align up better and are clearly straighter, amazing!

Regarding the top teeth, they put on a stronger wire, they look good and seem to be aligning up pretty well. It also seems that my top left canine tooth has receded upward into my jaw and the bite plane is straighter.

I have my perio cleaning and scaling next Tuesday and that should be fun. Since the hygienist uses a sonic scaler, she should have a field day going around each tooth and Dr. Wilson gave me dispensation to take an Ibuprofen for that appointment. The acetaminophen is good for the everyday soreness you get but not the cleaning. I hope the hygienist is pleased and she should have an easier time removing stain then before. When I am done with the cleaning next week I will post some updated pictures.

I really love the office and staff, always attentive, friendly, professional and when going through this be sure to pick a practice you are comfortable with. I think it's cool while waiting to be seen, the other patients are young and I smile when they see me, the fossil getting treated.

Well my teeth are already getting sore especially the bottoms and I ate as soon as I got home, pancakes, hash, bread and butter, calories be darned. I will be looking forward to my mashed potatoes for dinner, haha.

Well see you in a week with pictures and take care until then.

TCCZ
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Re: New Braces at Age 66

#17 Post by TCCZ »

Well I am back from the perio and my teeth are really sore now. The hygienist was pleased with my care and the numbers were very consistent. Now she did find one problem with my far back left molar and the gum was really inflamed so she did a really deep scaling on that tooth. Blood galore and I am still spitting it out. I was going to have the implants (three tooth bridge type) since I have always had gum issues on that tooth and the pulled broken molar made the three tooth one the way to go. I go back to the perio in 6 weeks to check on it and see if my hygiene is better and I am thinking of having them scale it every two months to be on the safe side. I need that tooth because it's the anchor for the wire. I guess at my age it was expected that some things will go wrong and to be candid I expected it on that tooth. I also have the second right pre-molar that seems to have gotten higher and it bangs on the upper tooth now but the ortho says to leave it alone and not file it as it will move. It seems that all my teeth move all the time and something is always banging on something.

Here are some updated pictures:

As you can see the uppers are fairly straight and a slight space has opened between the two front teeth but nothing to worry about.
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The bottoms are straighter now and the left canine is moving into the space.



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Well I will keep you updated as things happen.

Take care.
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Carno
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Re: New Braces at Age 66

#18 Post by Carno »

Thanks for the updates, looking like good progress!

TCCZ
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Re: New Braces at Age 66

#19 Post by TCCZ »

Hey guys, here is my 6 week update and I am posting a picture of the bottom teeth only as the tops only show a slight separation of the top front teeth because the changes going on with the tops are they are being pulled out and pushed further back so you really can't see changes other then I can feel them changing by the changing bite I get.
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As far as the bottoms go the bottom left canine(cuspid) is still moving back and the lateral incisor next to it is also moving and a big space has opened between the lateral incisor and central incisor. I have not had any wire or bracket problems to speak of. A couple of the upper teeth are sensitive at times and it varies which teeth are sensitive but now problems with chewing. The bottom incisor's are sensitive when biting but no pain or soreness.

Now due to the coronavirus we are locked down here in Pennsylvania so all dental and medical treatments have been postponed unless an emergency. And as you can guess getting an Ortho adjustment is not considered an emergency so my appointment scheduled for today 04/07/2020 was cancelled. They have given me a new date of 05/05 which is tentative and that will make it almost 3 months between adjustments. I hope this does not extend my treatment schedule to much.

So all is all it has been over 4 months now and I am really getting good at cleaning my teeth and flossing. Practice makes perfect and it takes me less than 15 minutes now to do a complete job. Pain, soreness, the hassle of braces, eating are all an everyday situation and I rarely notice them other then when drooling on my pillow some times at night. I had a Perio cleaning and my numbers were decent with 2/3/4's and the hygienist said that was to be expected. I will post again when I hopefully have my May adjustment.

Take care everyone and stay safe.
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TCCZ
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Re: New Braces at Age 66

#20 Post by TCCZ »

Well a little update, the virus lockdown has been extended until at least 05/08/2020 so my appointment for 05/05 is now a no go so I can't say when I will get in for the adjustment and that will make it over three months at the earliest. And as luck would have it, I broke a bracket on my right upper molar but at least it is the second one in so I am not getting stuck by any wires.

You know the sound right away when you brush with a broken bracket. I am kind of bummed since I was trying to be very careful and have eaten nothing but really soft food to avoid braking one. Now it is on a crown that has not broken before so I will have them sand blast it before gluing it back. As they say, anything that can go wrong will.

Well if anything changes I will let you know and stay safe.

TCCZ
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Re: New Braces at Age 66

#21 Post by TCCZ »

Well just got my new appointment date of 06/17/2020 for the adjustment and fixing the broken bracket so it will be over 4 months since my last visit. Interesting that all the sites state to get brackets fixed as soon as possible to not harm the treatment and I can only guess how much this will mess up mine. I have to be candid and say that this is the first time I am regretting getting the braces.

Of course not the Ortho's fault but the one thing I can't stand is aggravation and this is really aggravating. I knew at my age I would have more than normal problems considering the number of crowns and how easy it is to break a bracket on crowns but I was not concerned since I could within days get the brackets fixed. I was not even concerned if it cost me extra to have them fixed as long as I could get them fixed. So now I have to eat carefully, brush carefully and worry each day that I might brake another bracket and cause me more problems. Well what can you do and considering others are in the same boat we have no choice but to motivate along and accept the aggravation but I don't have to like it.

TCCZ
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Re: New Braces at Age 66

#22 Post by TCCZ »

Well here are the latest updates. I had my dental cleaning last week and all was good except that due to Covid-19 they are not allowed to use the electronic scaler so they only removed the tarter and calcification but not the stain. But since we have to wear masks everywhere who will see it anyway, Ha Ha so lots of coffee, tea and wine for me for the foreseeable future. I thought it was funny when the Dentist came in for the check-up and he says everything looks good except for the stain. Well no kidding Sherlock, you didn't remove it.

Just got back for the ortho appointment that took 4 months to get and the next appointment is in 5 weeks. I had to wait outside in the car until they called me to come in. They asked questions, took my temperature and I had to use Purell and gargle with mouthwash. Before Covid-19 the office layout was open and now they have curtains between each chair and the tech wore a mask, gown and face shield. The bathroom was closed and there were no chairs to sit on.

Regarding treatment, they have now removed all the springs except the bottom back one on the left to keep the space open for the implant. They also fixed the broken bracket on the right back molar which was a annoying to brush since the bracket kept moving back and forth. My TMJ jaw clicking has gone away and as usual my bite felt real good until they changed the wires and now some teeth are getting sore and the bite feels funny again, who knew. Well here are some more pictures and sorry for the stain that shows, I just have to live with it for now but then again if all my teeth get a dingy yellow color, they will match the old crowns. :(

This is of course the full mouth picture and the space between the two front teeth is now closed and the teeth are just about all lined up correctly. They put a bit stronger wire on the top to get the back teeth to move outward a bit more so not much further work is needed on the tops.


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This is the bottom and you can see that the springs are gone. The space you see between the bottom front teeth was to allow the canine to move backwards and fill the space left by the extraction and it has done so nicely. The tooth is now sitting straight up. The little black spot on the back of the bottom left canine is a filling that will be replaced with a composite one latter.


The before picture:

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The most recent picture:


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So all in all as the ortho says, things are progressing nicely. I guess he had to say that or I might get pissed having to wait 4 months for a visit. But I agree that things are looking better. So see you next time after my next visit. And for everyone, stay safe and healthy.
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Re: New Braces at Age 66

#23 Post by TCCZ »

Well I have returned and a lot has happened since my last post. I went for my visit July 21st and I had to have a broken bracket fixed that was on a right upper back crown. They put it back on and as luck would have it since the broken bracket 2 times messed up the front teeth moving correctly and that got me the springs again on the top as you can see from the picture. They then added power chains (the silver loops) on the bottom front teeth to bring them back together and from the picture you can see that the gaps have really closed nicely.

Now as luck would have it and when you are trying to fix old, ill-maintained teeth, the bracket I mentioned above pops off about two minutes after I leave the office, I guess the pressure was too much for it and this makes it the second time for that bracket and guess what that got me. I got an appointment this last Wed. and I got banded. Interesting procedure and while it did not hurt there was a lot of heavy pushing and pulling. The tooth is real sore now as I guess it is now required to move not by it's choice now. The only good part about it was that I did not need spacers first which would have been another appointment. Also since I guess the Ortho thinks I am a challenge he is not charging me for fixing the broken brackets and I am up to 7 and you get three fixes free. Now I should note that any further broken brackets on crowns will also get banded. I don't have a problem with this as I get as annoyed as the Ortho must.

Now what is next, my appointment is in 3 more weeks and I will have x-rays to see how the roots have moved and then they will correct any bracket placements that need to be changed. They estimate that the appointment will be about an hour. What really annoys me with the Covid-19 stuff is that I threw all caution to the wind, drinking coffee, iced tea, grape juice and others and my teeth are clearly not as white and I would like. I have my Perio maintenance appt. on September 9th and I hope they can do a better cleaning and get rid of the stain that the regular dentist hygienist was not able to do at my last appointment. I brush 3 times a day and many times 4, use proxy brushes and floss. I should note that the power chains make it impossible to floss the bottom front teeth since they are so close to the teeth. Since I was always prone to stain on my teeth, especially the bottoms it is a loosing battle to try and prevent the stain and that annoys me but nothing I can do about it. Hmmm, maybe a Brillo pad or some Ajax.

Well that is all for now and I hope everyone stays safe and healthy.

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