Melissa's Journey - New update & pic pg. 14

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#226 Post by *melissa* » Fri Mar 06, 2009 9:16 pm

My braces journey started 1 year ago today. :D

Amazing how time flies... :shock:

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#227 Post by Rachel B » Sat Mar 07, 2009 9:25 am

Hi Melissa,

Congrats on your 1 year. I just passed my 1 month and it seems like forever till I'll get to 1 year.
How are your ibraces going? Is it getting easier?

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#228 Post by brika » Sat Mar 07, 2009 12:00 pm

Woot! Happy One Year Braceaversary, Melissa!
How have things been since your re-bracing?
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#229 Post by Miss Smiley » Sat Mar 07, 2009 9:40 pm

Happy braceversary!
Upper and lower 1st premolars extracted
Uppers braced 4/6/07 & Lowers braced 4/20/07
ceramic brackets and rectangular arch wires
Est. term: 30-36 months
De-banded: 3/04/09 w/ LBR and U&L Essix

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#230 Post by *melissa* » Sun Mar 08, 2009 10:56 pm

Thank you Rachel, Brika, and Miss Smiley!
Things are going really well with my new braces. They were so painful at first and I didn't ever think I'd ever get used to them. Now a month later, I am completely used to them. Only problem so far has been I accidently bang my bottom teeth on my top iBraces when I am eating. That is so painful! It feels like biting really hard on a fork! (Anyone ever done that? it's NOT fun!) So, I think when I go back, they are going to have to put molar build ups back on or "bumpers" as they call them at this new orthodontist, to prevent my bottoms from hitting my uppers.
I am quite pleased with my results so far. I see changes in my upper teeth! :) They look bigger...which I like... (I've always had small teeth which I've always hated.) Now I am quite happy with my teeth. Smiling is still weird for me though...I think once I get rubber bands (at my next visit) and my bite gets better, I'll like my smile...
Oh, and about a week and a half ago, I got my last baby tooth pulled. My previous othro wanted to keep it there, but my new one wanted it out... so now I have a huge gap in the front on the bottom! Ahh, no worries though, I know it'll close up in no time!

I decided to make a picture timeline of how far I've come in the past 12 months :)

March 2008: (The picture is gray because I *really* hated my teeth)
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April 2008: (notice my tooth hiding out in the back? There used to be a baby tooth in front of that since I was about 14. This was the #1 thing I hated about my teeth!)
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May 2008: A month later, that tooth is no longer "hiding" :) YAY!
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June 2008:
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July 2008:
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August 2008:
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September 2008:
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October 2008: I then decided to find a new orthodontist. I also decided to switch my braces to a more up to date kind... but first I would have to be temporary de-banded:
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Freedom felt good for a while. I had to wait until Feburary to get my new braces put on, so my braces went on a little hiatus :lol:

Feb 2009: Yay, new braces!
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March 2009: And here we are today!
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#231 Post by brika » Wed Mar 11, 2009 12:39 pm

Thanks for posting a "photo timeline" of your progress! You've definitely come a long way. And your smile looks fantastic!
Sorry to hear about the discomfort your linguals are causing...Hopefully the molar buildups will help with that! :)
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#232 Post by MakePinkNotWar » Wed Mar 11, 2009 2:59 pm

This may sound a bit weird, but do you happen to have a livejournal? I think I saw your photos in a community on livejournal.
Most days I forget I even have braces.

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#233 Post by cathykay » Wed Mar 11, 2009 5:59 pm

Hey Melissa,

Your teeth look great! I got excited when I saw the blue "glue" or whatever the heck it is on your back molars early in treatment. I just got my braces today and they put that stuff in my mouth too. When I opened wide I was like "Whoa! That stuff sure is BLUE!" haha. Anyway, your teeth really are looking very nice. I can't wait til my smile looks more like yours!
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#234 Post by catfish » Wed Mar 11, 2009 8:35 pm

Wow Melissa, I'm so glad your linguals have gotten more comfortable! I felt so bad for you when you first got them on and were in so much pain. Once you get your "bumpers" you should be pretty comfy for the rest of your journey.

I had a lower incisor pulled last Thursday, so we both have new gaps to deal with. I'm happy that the extraction didn't hurt me. But I'm finding that I'm pretty self-conscious about it. It doesn't look so pretty, plus I lisp now when I didn't before. And I'm so worried about spitting on somebody! But like everything else in this journey, I'm sure I will get used to it in no time.

Good luck with the rest of your journey!
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August 16, 2007 - Braced on top
January 3, 2008 - Braced on bottom

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#235 Post by *melissa* » Tue Mar 31, 2009 12:24 pm

Hi all! I really appreciate all of your comments!! :D

I turned 25 on Friday (the 27th)...I feel really old now. :?

I had an adjustment this morning. I love my new ortho office. They're so nice and friendly!!

I got a powerchain on the bottom, to close the gap where I had my baby tooth pulled. Some other exciting news: I now have class II elastics!! I know I am a nerd for being happy about that lol, but I *really* want my bite fixed. I am already in a little pain, esp. where the power chain is.

I forgot to ask how many hours a day I am supposed to wear the elastics, oops! Oh well, I'll just wear 'em 24/7 :lol:

Here's a couple pictures until I have time to take some better ones!
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#236 Post by ripchord » Tue Mar 31, 2009 1:18 pm

Happy late birthday :)

Your teeth look really nice! Linguals are so neat. I wish I had gotten them!
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#237 Post by Tommm » Tue Mar 31, 2009 8:42 pm

Happy belated b-day! Mine was on the 23rd :) Your teeth are looking great btw. I'm so jealous of the iBraces!

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#238 Post by catfish » Tue Mar 31, 2009 9:51 pm

Lots of March babies here - my birthday was on the 30th!

Congrats on your progress! I'm so glad you like your new ortho. Your first experience was so bad, it's nice to hear that those days are over.
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August 16, 2007 - Braced on top
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#239 Post by lara » Wed Apr 01, 2009 12:11 am

Hi Melissa,

Phew! I have finally finished reading your full story.

Can I just say kudos to you on taking charge in a tight situation in which you were not happy with your treatment. It must've been difficult.

And of course, belated happy bday :)

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#240 Post by *melissa* » Wed Apr 01, 2009 7:50 am

Thank you ripchord, Tommm, catfish, and lara!! :D

That's funny that there are so many March babies on here! 8)

Well, today is day #2 with elasics. My whole face hurts... every bone is throbbing, especially my cheek bones. I have a migraine too. I knew the elasics were going to hurt, but I had no idea it would feel like this!
I woke up in the middle of the night in really bad pain... I guess the 800 mg of Ibuprofen wore off. :?
One of the little O's on my powerchain broke last night, I have no idea how. I guess it was being stretched too far... so I have to call the ortho and have them put on a new one sometime soon.

Oh and let me say, trying to change the elastics are a pain in the butt!

Oh, the joy of orthodontics! :lol:

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