OK--This was not the plan!

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Re: OK--This was not the plan!

#736 Post by catgyrl » Fri Jun 14, 2013 2:23 pm

KLO!!!!

I decided to mosey on over here, and saw that you finally got debraced. YOU LOOK FAB-U-LOUS!!! Bet you still can't believe it, huh? I'm almost a year out from debracing, and can't even remember what they felt like. Now that I see old pics of myself, I see how different my smile was with my braces. Lemme tell ya - your teeth will only look and feel BETTER from here on out. I have no overjet whatsoever anymore. Just updated my story a bit.

Congrats!! :jump:

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Re: OK--This was not the plan!

#737 Post by klobird » Fri Jun 14, 2013 10:39 pm

CAT!!! I THOUGHT YOU WERE GONE FOREVER!!!

It's good to see an "oldie" again....I totally know what you mean about forgetting what braces were like. It's like I never had them, except I love my new smile!

Now I have to go check out your update!!

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Re: OK--This was not the plan!

#738 Post by klobird » Sat Jul 20, 2013 5:43 pm

Soooooo was it worth it?

OMG!! YESSSSSS!!

I was with a group of people--mostly just acquaintances and what I heard said to me was "you have nice tea". I looked around because I knew I wasn't drinking tea. I said "what?". And then another person said, "I was noticing that too". Then it dawned on me--words that were music to my ears--words that were meant for other people not me--"YOU HAVE NICE TEETH!"

IT IS WORTH IT!!

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Re: OK--This was not the plan!

#739 Post by Dee17 » Sat Jul 20, 2013 6:15 pm

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Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take,
but by the moments that take your breath away.
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Re: OK--This was not the plan!

#740 Post by Ollie » Tue Jul 23, 2013 6:21 am

Congratz :-*

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Re: OK--This was not the plan!

#741 Post by TMJJill » Mon Sep 02, 2013 7:35 pm

Hi Klobird,

I was just wondering how you are doing with your retainers? I'm on the countdown and that is the kind my orthodontist uses. (He doesn't like metal in the mouth long-term.) I really haven't spoken to him about them too much. I forgot to ask at my last appointment in July. I was shocked at the time when he told me I'd be able to get them off at my next appointment. A long wait though since his earliest appointment was over 2 months out.

I'm a bit nervous about them. Do they hit your gumline? Do you brux at all? If so, how does that work with the retainers in?

Glad to see you are checking in periodically.

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Braces as Phase II treatment for TMJD.
Lower mandibular repositioning splint 26 months.
Lower braces on 10.75 months into Phase II treatment.
Duration in braces: 2 years, 2 weeks, 5 days
Removal of Braces: September 18, 2013

TMJD treatment now complete!

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Re: OK--This was not the plan!

#742 Post by klobird » Fri Sep 27, 2013 10:02 pm

Congratulations Jill!!! Finally done--it's such a feeling of accomplishment!

The essix retainer is fine. I only have to wear it at night. The ortho made it so the gumline edges of the retainer were completely comfortable before I left. I barely notice it now, I'm so used to it being a part of my nightly routine.

My only complaint is that my mouth gets a little dry when I wear the retainer--but when I'm asleep I don't realize it....

I wouldn't want to go thru having braces again (not happening)--but if I ever had to, I would know soooooo much more than the 1st time around!

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Re: OK--This was not the plan!

#743 Post by TMJJill » Sat Sep 28, 2013 1:54 pm

Thanks Klobird.

I got my braces off 10 days ago. I have upper and lower Essix's, but they only cover the front 6's from canine to canine.

Would you believe I've had trouble sneezing the upper one out? The first time it happened, I was driving and the sneeze hit hard and fast. I heard a funny sound when I sneezed and a few seconds realized that my retainer had hit my dashboard and bounced off. I eventually found it under my seat. Really disgusting. It has been windy here and I've now sneezed it out 6 times. The orthodontic offices have 'tightened' them up, but they are no match for the sneezes. They are making me a spare upper just in case I lose the one I'm wearing. Ever wonder how far a sneeze goes? I now know.

I have a separate upper customized sleep Essix though.

I'm glad you have had luck. I'll be very excited when I'm 'released' to nighttime only. Remembering to take them off to eat is a real pain... especially in public. A good nighttime routine is so much easier.

Jill
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Braces as Phase II treatment for TMJD.
Lower mandibular repositioning splint 26 months.
Lower braces on 10.75 months into Phase II treatment.
Duration in braces: 2 years, 2 weeks, 5 days
Removal of Braces: September 18, 2013

TMJD treatment now complete!

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Re: OK--This was not the plan!

#744 Post by EbonyQ » Sat Sep 28, 2013 11:17 pm

TMJJill wrote:Thanks Klobird.

I got my braces off 10 days ago. I have upper and lower Essix's, but they only cover the front 6's from canine to canine.

Would you believe I've had trouble sneezing the upper one out? The first time it happened, I was driving and the sneeze hit hard and fast. I heard a funny sound when I sneezed and a few seconds realized that my retainer had hit my dashboard and bounced off. I eventually found it under my seat. Really disgusting. It has been windy here and I've now sneezed it out 6 times. The orthodontic offices have 'tightened' them up, but they are no match for the sneezes. They are making me a spare upper just in case I lose the one I'm wearing. Ever wonder how far a sneeze goes? I now know.

I have a separate upper customized sleep Essix though.

I'm glad you have had luck. I'll be very excited when I'm 'released' to nighttime only. Remembering to take them off to eat is a real pain... especially in public. A good nighttime routine is so much easier.

Jill
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Sorry for your worries about the Essix, I have not the same problem with mine. It might not fit as it should to your teeth, being too lose. Maybe you can ask them to make an Essix that covers more of your teeth? Or ask them if it was fittet correctly when you got it.
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Re: OK--This was not the plan!

#745 Post by Beauty is Pain » Sun Dec 01, 2013 11:42 pm

Klobird!! Haven't checked this board since forever! So so glad to hear the news of dw banding, I am 6 months late!!! LATE CONGRATULATIONS nevertheless! And you look absolutely beautiful!!!!

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Re: OK--This was not the plan!

#746 Post by klobird » Mon Dec 09, 2013 8:35 pm

Hey BIP!!!---I hope you see this post--it was so nice to see your comments!!

I don't come here very often anymore either. I know I said I would, but once I got my braces off, it was like I never had them...very weird!! And most of the people posting now are all newbies--everyone else kind of quits posting when they get there's off too....hmmmmm....

Soooooo---your braces are off right? I want pics!

Hey, thanks for the congrats!!! :thumbsup:

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Re: OK--This was not the plan!

#747 Post by klobird » Tue Mar 04, 2014 11:33 pm

I have to go back to the ortho!...I thought I was done with that!!!...My regular dentist is writing my ortho a letter recommending that he take off the bonded wire behind my front bottom teeth...I've been telling them all that I can't floss down there because the teeth are too tight together. FINALLY the dentist was going to show me how to do it....hahaha....he was like hmmmmm....thats weird..I cant get the floss through there....BIG DUH!!!! (This guy was filling in for "superdentist"...she was out of town on an emergency visit to see her sick grandchild)....so anyway it's reunion time for me... :(

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Re: OK--This was not the plan!

#748 Post by Dee17 » Wed Mar 05, 2014 1:40 pm

Oh, YUCK! I hope they're going to figure out a solution for you! I also do not want one of those permanent retainers on the bottom but I'm pretty sure my orthodontist uses them on both the bottom and the top teeth. Ick.
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Re: OK--This was not the plan!

#749 Post by plugnickel69 » Thu Mar 06, 2014 8:07 am

[quote="klobird"]I have to go back to the ortho!...I thought I was done with that!!!...My regular dentist is writing my ortho a letter recommending that he take off the bonded wire behind my front bottom teeth...I've been telling them all that I can't floss down there because the teeth are too tight together. quote]

Do you use a thin floss like Glide and a threader?

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Re: OK--This was not the plan!

#750 Post by plugnickel69 » Thu Mar 06, 2014 8:12 am

Dee17 wrote:Oh, YUCK! I hope they're going to figure out a solution for you! I also do not want one of those permanent retainers on the bottom but I'm pretty sure my orthodontist uses them on both the bottom and the top teeth. Ick.
I have them top and bottom am rarely aware of them. The drawback is that it makes flossing a little more of a chore. That said, the bonded retainers are keeping my teeth firmly in place 24/7. After going through the braces procedure, isn't it worth an extra minute or so a day to keep everything in place?

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