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Offline Braceface2015

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Re: Story: Team Work Makes the Dream Work
« Reply #60 on: 21. July 2021, 21:36:01 PM »
Just be careful that you don't slip from past tense to present tense. I'm enjoying your story so far and looking forward to more of it.

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Re: Story: Team Work Makes the Dream Work
« Reply #61 on: 22. July 2021, 17:38:55 PM »
Nice, looking forward to the next chapter!

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Re: Story: Team Work Makes the Dream Work
« Reply #62 on: 23. July 2021, 10:56:41 AM »
Nice update! Looking forward to more :)

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Re: Story: Team Work Makes the Dream Work
« Reply #63 on: 27. July 2021, 19:35:18 PM »
Part 13: It's a learning process.

Dr. Brandt held a mirror over so that she could see his work. He spoke to her as always in a calm and friendly tone.

"Now Elise, I've added a very strong wire this time and you can see how the springs are set. Please do not fiddle with them, as they're key into getting that bite under control." He picks up an expander key and tilts her head up "Now I still expect you to turn your expanders, but I want to push you some."

Elise silently cries as Dr. Brandt does two turns on each expander then sits her up. She is shooed out to the waiting room slurping spit and scaring patients who await their own appointments today. Slowly and with knots in her stomach she speaks to Kara to get her next appointment.

In the back, Cora is nervously breathing gas as she wished she could hold her husband's hand. Slowly but surely her mind drifts as the tray to her right is loaded with tools and metal.

Dr. Brandt strides over pulling gloves and a mask on as he takes his spot behind Cora's head. "Hello, Cora. Today I am going to do two turns on your expanders and then we are going to do wire ligatures, and then it's headgear day for you."

The word headgear made Cora mumble incoherently as the retractor was placed. He spoke to Hannah as he worked.

"Due to her past, I will be wiring this cervical headgear in. I understand that it's not the most fun, but this will be so good for her in the end. We may be using a few different methods and combinations of headgear. Today I will start with the upper jaw. My hope is that we only need the headgear for about a year."

Cora could hear a click in the back of her mouth as the wire from the headgear was wired to the bands on her backmost molars.  The pressure was immediate, and in her drugged state she wasn't really sure how to make it stop.  The appointment lasted two hours as wires were replaced, and a hot pink strap was used to hold it to her head.








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Re: Story: Team Work Makes the Dream Work
« Reply #64 on: 28. July 2021, 02:54:18 AM »
Oh boy, Wired in headgear!~  ;D

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Re: Story: Team Work Makes the Dream Work
« Reply #65 on: 04. August 2021, 12:02:11 PM »
Incredibly excited for the next chapter. Wired in headgear sounds really interesting!

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Re: Story: Team Work Makes the Dream Work
« Reply #66 on: 06. August 2021, 03:09:20 AM »
The story is moving on nicely and is certainly keeping my attention - well done!

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« Reply #67 on: 30. August 2021, 21:10:59 PM »
Chapter 14: Broken Braces

Kara cried tears of joy as she looked at her bare teeth in a hand mirror. After spending most of her college years in braces, they were finally off. Dr. Brandt and Hannah gave her a hug and took pictures of her for the website. The poor girl had suffered almost a decade in orthodontia and was grateful when she was handed two hawley retainers to keep her teeth in place.

After a lot of smiles, Kara opened the office, watching over the waves of patients coming in and out of the office for the day. At noon, there was a phone call.

"Good afternoon! This is Kara, how can I help you?"

"Hey Kara it's Elise, and I'm a patient. I was eating lunch and I had a bracket fall off. I just wanted to see if I could pop in to have it attached?"

"Let me look at the schedule and talk to the Dr. I know you're on the schedule in two weeks." Typing could be heard over the phone as Elise waited to hear when she could have the bracket attached.

"Elise, thank you for waiting. You can come in this afternoon to have it fixed, and Dr. Brandt will go ahead and do that adjustment for you."

"Th-thank you Kara."

Elise was upset to hear that her adjustment would be taking place today. She had to give a big meeting with her boss the next day, and she certainly didn't want to be  sore for it.

Back at Dr. Brandt's office, Cora was in the chair once again crying. Dr. Brandt announced that she would be needing a tongue crib along with the high pull headgear that he was currently wiring in. He snipped the wires and then adjusted the chair. When he was handed the tongue crib, Cora's eyes went wide as her head was steadied by Hannah.

"Now Cora, no use getting upset. Jared was kind enough to let me know that you've developed quite a tongue thrusting habit. I'd hate to ruin any progress that you may be gaining. So, you'll have this. I am also recommending that you begin speech therapy. With your appliances you'll need it."

The curing light was used and soon after Cora was at the front desk scheduling an appointment for her next adjustment.

Elise saw Cora's headgear and swallowed hard. The poor woman she was watching was drooling, and struggling to talk. Her attention was taken when Hannah walked to her and informed her that they were ready to see her. When she was taken back, she sat on the and put the bracket on the attached tray.

Hannah smiled seeing it, and placed a bib on her patient. She smiled, and couldn't help but pry, "Can I see which tooth that is please?" She aimed the light and picked up a mirror as Elise opened, displaying the bare upper right canine.

About this time, Dr. Brandt walked in smiling. He hummed as Hannah removed the wires, and frowned when it was his turn to look. "Elise, how did this happen?"

Elise blushed fiercely as Dr. Brandt pulled up her xrays taken at last appointment.

"It was really an accident. I took a bite of a cookie and didn't see that I'd grabbed one with walnuts in it from the cookie platter at work."

The orthodontist nodded and tapped Elise's chin signaling her to open. "Elise, I told you that you should pay attention to what you're eating. Walnuts will damage your braces, and cookies are full of sugar." She teared up, feeling embarrassed and nervous. He gave a thorough exam and then nodded to himself as he popped of each bracket of her braces.

"Hannah, dear. I have another patient. I need you to put spacers in between the teeth without anything on them. We need to make sure this doesn't happen again. I will also work on her bite today."

After he goes, Hannah works 35 mins to squeeze spacers in between each of Elise's front teeth. As the spacers worked over the next hour, Elise sat gripping the armrests of the chair she was in. While she lay feeling the pressure of her teeth moving, she could hear a poor patient groaning in discomfort. She wasn't sure what the spacers were for, but she was sure it wouldn't be good.





















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Re: Story: Team Work Makes the Dream Work
« Reply #68 on: 31. August 2021, 00:05:48 AM »
Hehehehe, gee, i wonder what those spacers are for....  Hmm, how about bands!  >:D

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Re: Story: Team Work Makes the Dream Work
« Reply #69 on: 31. August 2021, 00:13:16 AM »
Hehehehe, gee, i wonder what those spacers are for....  Hmm, how about bands!  >:D

Guess you'll have to wait and see

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Re: Story: Team Work Makes the Dream Work
« Reply #70 on: 01. September 2021, 13:08:44 PM »
poor cora!

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Re: Story: Team Work Makes the Dream Work
« Reply #71 on: 05. September 2021, 20:12:05 PM »
If she gets full bands just for eating a walnut cookie- that would be harsh! We shall see though!

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Re: Story: Team Work Makes the Dream Work
« Reply #72 on: 05. September 2021, 20:25:04 PM »
Part 15: This isn't what I signed up for

Elise's mouth throbbed as the time went on. She'd not known that she could physically feel her teeth separating, but she could. The separators in her mouth made spaces so that bands could be slipped around them. This however, wasn't something that even came into mind. She was more distracted by all the tools that Hannah kept placing on the tray just above her chest.

Hannah smiled down at her and adjusted the chair, knowing that the doctor would want it to be a certain way for Elise's next phase of treatment. Elise had been irresponsible, and using banded brackets would be a safety precaution and would give Dr. Brandt more control over the movement of her teeth.

Hannah picked up the nub for the gas and held it in her hand. She seemed to hover in Elise's line of sight with a smile meant for comfort, but instead sparked confusion and fear.

"Elise, you're going to have a rather long adjustment dear."  She starts gas and Elise nods, knowing that protesting won't work.

"Hannah, what is he going to do?" Elise asked, the gas making her voice sound like an echo as it came out.

Hannah soothed her, patting her shoulder as the doctor came into view with a mask on. He slipped in the retractor and a suction as Elise finished her sentences.

"Shh my dear. Dr. Brandt is insuring you can't break your braces again." Elise's eyes grow wide hearing this promise as bands begin to be pressed painfully on to each tooth. "These take a lot longer to work, but damn are they worth it. I am able to control your movement more, and get that absolutely perfect alignment."

The gas made Elise feel confused and upset and she tried speaking but her concerns were ignored. The doctor spoke calmly as he wove wire ligatures into her braces.

" Today I am installing a bite plate, Elise. It will cover most of your molars, but it will do the work. Your speech may be impacted, but it'll be worth it."

All that Elise could do was to grip the armrest as Dr. Brandt worked filling up her mouth more than she thought possible.

The next morning she used a lint roller on her sweater as she stands outside of the principal's office. This meeting was to discuss extending her contract into the next year, and she was mortified to go into barely able to make sense after yesterday's appointment.






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Re: Story: Team Work Makes the Dream Work
« Reply #73 on: 05. September 2021, 22:07:18 PM »
Oh dear. I see a lisp in her future

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Re: Story: Team Work Makes the Dream Work
« Reply #74 on: 06. September 2021, 06:23:48 AM »
Ouch.~ Ah well, at least Elise's brackets won't break anymore.  ;D

I hope she gets headgear like Cora.~