New Braces at Age 66

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TCCZ
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Re: New Braces at Age 66

#31 Post by TCCZ »

Well I had my ortho appointment today and all went well. The Ortho is very pleased with the progress and I am as well. My bite is much better and I use the word flat as in the top teeth sit flat on top of the bottoms. They removed the power chains from the top but the bottoms are still there. The elastics on the right stay the same and are worn at night only. They changed the elastic on the left to a triangle instead of the box I had before and I have to wear these 24 hours a day. My teeth are a little sore on the left side but the right are not very sore at all. Nice as no problems eating at all and no Tylenol needed at all.

They mentioned that at my next visit in 6 weeks we would begin talking about retainers. Could this mean the treatment will be ending before my next birthday in November, that would be really nice. I did not take any pics this time since taking a pic of the left triangle was a little hard to do.

Well until next time, stay safe.

TCCZ
Posts: 45
Joined: Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:10 am

Re: New Braces at Age 66

#32 Post by TCCZ »

Hey guys, I hope everyone has been well. It's been awhile since I have been on, so here is the latest updates. I have had 3 Ortho visits with the last one yesterday. I am not posting any new pics since the look of my teeth has not changed. My mid-line is corrected, my underbite is also corrected and I am wearing elastics at night only with a class 2 triangle on my left side and a class 3 triangle on my right side to keep those things in place. Now as I said before since I did not go through the surgery to widen my upper palate, he is currently making adjustments to my upper back teeth including the molars and I have to say my teeth are screaming again like when I first started. I rarely needed Tylenol but I have been using them a lot. When he is done with the tops he will finish up with the bottoms.

It has now been almost 18 months in and I have to say I am pleased. We went over the retainers I will have to wear and when I am done I will have to wear them 24/7 for 2 weeks and then at night. The assistant says I will have to eat only soft foods for the two weeks but nothing new there. I dream of potato chips!! Of course then I will have to have the implants done along with the crowns and they estimate I will need at least three set of retainers, maybe 4 when all is said and done. I went with neon colored elastics since they are easier to find when I shoot them all over the bathroom. The other day I even found two elastics on my driveway. Ha Ha, they are everywhere. My last Perio appointment went well with all 2's and 3's, a 4 and three 5's which were on the teeth the Ortho is currently moving.

Well that is all for now, take care and stay safe.

TCCZ
Posts: 45
Joined: Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:10 am

Re: New Braces at Age 66

#33 Post by TCCZ »

Hey everyone, I hope all is well. I had my ortho visit 06/01/2021 and all is progressing well. Again no pics at this time since there are no visible changes but when I have my General cleaning this month I will post a few as they will be looking good.

So where do we stand now since I am now over 18 months into this and not regretting it for a second. Since I have passed the align and level phase I am now in the mechanics phase where the ortho is moving my teeth to the final and correct positions. They made only one adjustment to the upper arch wire and I like looking while he bends the wire. It is anything but straight, Ha Ha. He has now started working on the bottom arch and my teeth were sore again, who knew. I can tell what teeth they work on as they hurt more than the others but it goes away in a few days. They broke off a door and you get a tie when that happens but no big deal. My teeth feel good and my bite gets better and better.

I am back to 24/7 elastics with a triangle on the right and a straight one on the left. The elastics are only a pain because I have to wear them while eating and they can break and I have to stop eating and replace them. I still have power chains on the bottom front teeth but I changed the color to bright green and the same color for the elastics. I did this since wearing masks is just about over since I am vaccinated, I am making a statement and proud of the braces. Second they are easier to find on the bathroom floor. Third, I give the ortho green money and I get green elastics in return, LOL.

From what I can tell I should be done within the two year treatment schedule and within a few months I should get to the detailing stage where they make minor adjustments to fix bracket positioning errors. I have to admit I am getting antsy because I am no spring chicken but from all I have read and learned this takes time and nothing I can do about that. It is what it is.

Well that's all for now and hope everyone stays healthy and safe.

TCCZ
Posts: 45
Joined: Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:10 am

Re: New Braces at Age 66

#34 Post by TCCZ »

I have begun thinking about my meal plans since there is light at the end of the tunnel.

After the two weeks of wearing retainers 24/7 and just eating nothing but soft foods, this is my first week of meals:

Day 1 - Weekender bag of potato chips with dip.
Day 2 - 24 extra crispy hot wings with french fries.
Day 3 - Whole pepperoni pizza.
Day 4 - Surf and turf dinner with crusty bread.
Day 5 - Big hamburger with Fritos.
Day 6 - Caesar Salad with tons of dressing and croutons.
Day 7 - Crunchy snacks, nuts, vegetables, apples, etc.

I figure I will gain 6 pounds but that is less then half of what I lost while in the braces.

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