Boolajoojoo; 10 months in....

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#31 Post by chillin-in-grilz » Mon Apr 02, 2007 3:38 pm

At the beginning you said that when you chew you go chew-pop-chew-pop-chew-pop lol

Im like chew-pop-crackle-ow-chew-pop-pop lol. Im the same way. I hope braces will fix my TMJ problems.

But I think the reason why my jaw is so screwed, because as a kid I loved chewing hubba bubba gums. I had a small mouth chewing like 2-3 of them!! So my jaw was non stop over stretched. I think thats why it is like it right now.
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#32 Post by Boolajoojoo » Sat Apr 07, 2007 11:39 pm

Okay, this is the best picture I've gotten of the new grill, I find that if I'm smiling, it just looks a whole lot less goofy. I don't have the patience to try to get more... but they prolly wouldn't be that interesting.
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Aaaaanyhow, my thoughts after 5 days:

So far so good I guess. The bite plate seems to have helped a bit already with the TMJ, if the bite plate is out I would literally have to force my jaw together and back to get tooth to tooth contact... the clicking and popping are mostly gone during the day with the bite plate in, but it seems to come back for a while when I wake up in the morning... I think cause I'm grinding on the bite plate when I sleep. I have a really hard time actually leaving it in, cause it's aggravating my tongue and causing me to lisp still. Grar. I was ordered to eat with the bite plate in too, which is annoying as heck because it likes to pop off, so I have to be very careful about not biting down in the wrong way, I'm scared I'll break it, and I'm very limited to soft foods. I thought at first I'd probably be able to lose some weight because I won't be snacking between meals lest I have to run to the bathroom and brush after snacking. Sadly, the foods I'm more likely to eat for meals are things like pasta... tuna helper/hamburger helper, mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, cornbeef hash... har har. I'll be lucky if I don't GAIN weight! I'll have to be more careful about those kinds of choices.

Super floss and floss threaders have been useless to me, I've had more luck using just using glide floss and carefully sliding it under the wires... I normally don't like Glide floss because it's so smooth it doesn't seem like if has that scrubby quality that waxed floss has... but the regular floss was shredding to pieces.

Oh, one other thing, I was told most people won't notice, or if they notice won't care or say anything about someone wearing braces. I think most people probably don't care, but my coworker/supervisor noticed right away, and commenced with the "playful teasing" for a few hours, before he finally went home and left me alone. I told him to get it out of his system, because it wasn't going to be funny for very long. The next time I saw him I think he let it go, but he gets bored easy and can be kind of immature for an old man. I haven't been around any of my other coworkers, so now I'm more worried than I was about what people will say.

Ok, that's my rant, it's good to have a place like this to blow off steam.

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#33 Post by Boolajoojoo » Tue May 22, 2007 4:01 pm

I had my first adjustment last week, I suppose it went pretty well, I was a little shocked, because it seemed like a very heavy and square wire awful soon. I'm told when I go back in 8 weeks they're going to evaluate if we can go ahead and put brackets on the bottom. Joy. If it means I can lose the bite plate, I'll be happy.

It looks like my canines are coming down and into line fairly easily

Today I had a cleaning at the hygienist. I guess it went pretty well, and that answered my question of how a hygienist cleans someone's teeth with braces, yeah..

On with the progress pictures:

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Only... 22 more months to go .... Things are straightening up so I'm really happy. The chafing and irritation has not been as bad as I expected. I haven't need wax in weeks, and normally I have canker sores all the time, so I was thinking my mouth would just turn into one big canker sore, but I haven't had a single one since the braces went on. My diet has gotten a little better too... there are still foods I have to avoid, but I'm going with better alternatives than the junky stuff that's most appealing to me. I've been having oatmeal almost every day for breakfast instead of suger frosted crunch kid's cereal, hehe.
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#34 Post by kirjax » Tue May 22, 2007 5:46 pm

hmm at my very first ortho visit he told me I had TMJ but didn't suggest anything for treatment. He said, you have slight clicking. I said yeah what's that mean. He's like you have a touch of TMJ. Then he asked me if I chew a lot of gum, candy or hard things like bagels to which I replied no. Then he said that's good and to avoid it and when I said if not what will happen, to which he said TMJ is like arthritis and you have to be careful of things you eat bc it will start to cause joint pain but nothing to be too concerned about.

So I take it they're not treating it at all *shrugs*

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#35 Post by Boolajoojoo » Tue May 22, 2007 7:09 pm

hmm at my very first ortho visit he told me I had TMJ but didn't suggest anything for treatment. He said, you have slight clicking. I said yeah what's that mean. He's like you have a touch of TMJ. Then he asked me if I chew a lot of gum, candy or hard things like bagels to which I replied no. Then he said that's good and to avoid it and when I said if not what will happen, to which he said TMJ is like arthritis and you have to be careful of things you eat bc it will start to cause joint pain but nothing to be too concerned about.

So I take it they're not treating it at all *shrugs*
Hopefully they're keeping an eye on your TMJ if there are even slight signs of a problem. There are varying degrees of TMJ problems... but it can also apparently get worse over time (like mine has been, blech). Could be that through correcting your bite with braces, it might inadvertently relieve the TMJ problem, but apparently change in bite could make it worse too...

In my opinion, it sucked a lot that I had to be so careful about food because of the TMJ. If I bite into a hamburger and move my jaw the wrong way I could end up in excruciating pain from that... and I had constant residual headaches from it too... the bite splint seems to help my TMJ a lot, and hopefully the joint will be completely functional when the braces come off, with no more popping and sticking. I guess with that specific goal in mind things aren't quite as straight forward, but my crowding is kind of minor compared to some other's on the board.

*edit* And ditto to what Meryaten said. Not all TMD is the same, there could be different types of dysfunction. A coworker of mine used to have her jaw lock open, and mine would lock closed. Apparently some people end up needing surgery which has never been mentioned to me, so hopefully I'm not one of them, but if that comes up I'll do what I gotta do..

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#36 Post by Boolajoojoo » Tue May 22, 2007 7:32 pm

Boola - hope my post did not come off as trying to educate you (it was more a response to kj's comment) - you obviously know a lot more about it, for obvious reasons!
Oh, hehe, It's fine! I'm no expert either. I just felt redundant because we simultaneously replied with similar info, and you said basically what I was trying to get across, only more.. concise I guess. And feel free to educate me especially if I'm not making sense because it probably means I don't know what I'm talking about. (I *try* not to not make sense, hehe, doesn't always work out)

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#37 Post by Boolajoojoo » Thu Feb 07, 2008 4:04 am

This is gonna be another long one...

So 10 months in and I've seen a lot of changes. No clue how much longer I have left. A few months after starting treatment I wasn't frequenting the boards here so often.... combination of an insane work schedule and just kind of wanting to forget about braces and just passively let things run their course. (A watched pot never boils, and all that).

I have some free time from work now (I've decided to focus more on finishing school, so no more working full time)...

... and lately the braces have been more at the front of my mind. This is mostly because of the new hardware I had put in a month ago.... its similar to an Herbst appliance, but not exactly the same. Probably I will post pictures tomorrow. I do not like. It's stressing my jaw out because I still clench and grind at night... (when this is done I'm definitely going to need a night guard for that) and it's just uncomfortable in general. Sure it seems to be doing it's job, and my overbite/overjet are beginning to diminish... but the worst thing about it is eating. Chewing is difficult because my bite and molar relationship are aaaall kinds of out of whack now. I mean, I managed to keep eating fresh vegetables and fruits for the first 9 months... but the last few weeks have just been "Why even bother...." it's just not possible anymore.



Just wondering about something though... because I'm trying to live the philosophy of "eat how you did pre-braces" but it's not an option at this point. Nutritionally speaking, getting fresh fruits and vegetables a few times a week is supposed to be really good for you, and I used to looove salad... Raw veggies are supposed to be healthier than eating say.. vegetables cooked til they are mush... which is what my veggie food group consists of lately. Salads are out of the question because I can't effectively chew lettuce up well enough to swallow it... molars aren't meshing well (cusps are just gnashing against cusps) and cannot pulverize crisp veggies with that kind of contact. Lettuce doesn't dissolve the way even crusty bread does, and I do well enough chewing bread and hamburger and pizza and the sorts of things that crumble to some extent or mush up well. There are more raw fruits I can eat than raw vegetables... the only raw veggies I can have anymore are tomatoes (yuck!) or avacadoes (yum!). Almost any fruit I can put in to a smoothie at least..... but I'm not gonna make a carrot/broccoli/cucumber smoothie any time soon.

Is there anyone around here who knows a lot about nutrition or food in general? Are there any other veggies that are mushy on their own when uncooked that I'm just *missing* here... or do I just have to keep compensating with lots of raw fruits... cooked veggies... and taking a fiber supplement and multivitamin ...

Hoping this appliance is out soon just so we can get to working on molar relationship... cuz erg... chewing just feels wrong. :cry:

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#38 Post by Miss Smiley » Thu Feb 07, 2008 11:18 am

Carrot and apple smoothies are good... that was the only way my mom would sneak in my veggies when I was a kid. I think she would also put in some celery but she always said she didn't.
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