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Offline foobar

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Re: My Journey to Removable Braces
« Reply #45 on: 13. May 2021, 19:51:21 PM »
Two weeks ago on Tuesday evening I went to the ortho to give them my lower plate for the missing elements to be added. It felt weird only having the upper plate. I was used to having only the lower plate in during the first week, and both plates since then. But this was the first time I had the upper plate in alone. As expected, talking is very different in all three cases. Only having the upper one in is the easiest talking-wise. That's probably due to the bite plane on the lower one blocking me from making proper "s" sounds and instead requiring me to approximate them somehow without being able to bring my incisors close to each other.

I went back Thursday morning to get back the lower plate. The labial bow and two wires, each resting on the occlusal surface of a molar (does someone know the name of those?), were added. Here are new pictures of the modified lower appliance.

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The modifications changed the bite planes, so they needed to be ground down in some places again to allow for good occlusion. This is always an ordeal as the ortho only has blue foil for detecting bite marks to be ground away, which is near invisible on the blue plastic. I asked her if there aren't foils with other colours to which she responded that she'll probably end up ordering another colour. I wonder why she hasn't already done so in the past. Maybe there aren't many people with bite planes who choose blue acrylic?

During the appointment pretty much all active springs of both plates were activated in one way or another. At least it felt that way later on when the pain set in.
I guess another difference is that only some of teeth were activated
Regarding the pain that statement is probably the root cause for my lower pain the week before. While I was confident last time that my teeth won't ache too much and that I can work around it by having most of the pain during the night, this time I woke up several times during the night due to the pain. Interestingly, mostly my molars hurt, which don't have any active elements. That was probably due to the addition of the occlusal wires and modifications of the bite plane. At least now I know that next time I won't leave the strongest pain for the night :) Instead, when the pain comes during the day, I can see if it is bearable or if I should take painkillers.

Before beginning treatment, I expected speech to be affected but become better over time. What I didn't expect was that after each adjustment I'd need to relearn how to talk anew. The activations of the upper plate during that appointment resulted in the appliance sitting different and yet even lower in my mouth. Therefore, the way I was finally able to pronounce some letters were now void again. It took nearly a week for me to pronounce "s" sounds properly again…

My jaw joints started aching a few weeks ago, which I asked the ortho about during the appointment. She said that as long as it's only a slight ache and they aren't cracking it should be fine. However, if it stays or becomes worse, we can try to make the bite plane a few mm thicker to try to relax the jaw muscles more.
Since then, the jaw pain mostly subsided, but the right joint started cracking sometimes when I take out the braces to eat. Either way, I'll ask her about it again during the next appointment in four weeks. Because to be honest, I'll probably enjoy the thicker bite plane anyway ;)


Initially I feared that I reality with braces will hit me quickly after getting the braces and I'll start to see them like more of an annoyance than enjoyment. I'm glad to say that that hasn't happened so far. I'm still enjoying them every single day with their smooth acrylic, the lisp they give me, and the way they restrict my mouth and my tongue movement. I'm so happy I convinced myself to get them after years of missing courage and chickening out several times!

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Re: My Journey to Removable Braces
« Reply #46 on: 13. May 2021, 22:35:55 PM »
Thank you for your updates, your journey definitely sounds very exciting and fun! Is making photos of the plates in your mouth or any kind of before pictures and absolute no-go for you? :D

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Re: My Journey to Removable Braces
« Reply #47 on: 17. May 2021, 19:16:38 PM »
I agree it would be very interesting to see close up photos of your braces on your teeth. Obviously with no more than your mouth in picture so you are not identifiable.

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Re: My Journey to Removable Braces
« Reply #48 on: 05. June 2021, 12:28:13 PM »
"Small" status update less than two weeks before my next appointment.

I've reached the stage where stuff gets worse before it can get better. The good changes are that the gaps behind my canines are pretty much completely gone. Food didn't get stuck in there since over a month compared to pretty much every meal before starting the treatment. My wisdom teeth are also noticeably moving inwards.

However, my lower central incisors are being intruded by the labial bow sitting on an inclined plane from grinding. They are already about 1mm lower than my lateral ones. With the top incisors being pushed forward by the springs without the labial bow being activated yet, it feels like I'm having a slight anterior open bite. Biting off pieces of bread or pizza is neigh impossible. It's more like tearing than properly biting. Due to the posterior bite plane and because my canines are being pushed forward, when chewing only my canines are touching. Eating feels very weird and foreign. I hope that it'll improve soon.

Another thing I'm noticing is that gaps are starting to open up between teeth wherever holding clasps are. Before starting treatment, I always had trouble getting floss between my teeth, usually ripping it several times in the process. Now, I can get between my teeth way more easily with only little resistance. I guess that could somehow be counted as an improvement?! There is one gap, however, between my two lower right premolars, which is becoming larger than I'd like. It's where the ortho tightened the holding clasp significantly more than the other ones, which is applying pressure between those two teeth. I hope that once I tell her about it, she'll reduce the tightness and the gap will close on its own again.

My jaw joints have stopped hurting except sometimes when I wake up. The right one is still popping every now and again while eating though. On the one hand, the cracking is not really that pleasant, on the other hand, it might mean that the bite plane will be modified to be thicker, which I'll thoroughly enjoy :)

I realized that my lateral jaw movement is slightly restricted by the wisdom teeth springs. With my braces in I can't move my jaws sideways as far as without them. It's improved since the wisdom teeth started moving inwards, but still somewhat reduced.

Currently, I'm wearing the braces pretty much full-time. I'm only taking them out to eat and during work meetings (still working from home). I leave them in when going shopping (where I'm wearing a mask anyway), but also when meeting with friends or going to the park. I'm getting in 20+ hours wear time per day. Whenever I'm in public, I'm actively and subconsciously trying to hide the braces. It's weird how such a small thing like braces can affect personality and self-esteem that much. I notice a significant difference between my personality with braces and without having the braces in.

Speaking is at a point where it most likely won't improve much anymore. A friend of mine commented that it's become really good and isn't too noticeable anymore. Myself, I still hear and notice a strong difference. With the next appointment I'm expecting speaking to become different again, requiring me to practice for a week or so before being used to the new changes. Especially if the bite plane will be made thicker.

it would be very interesting to see close up photos of your braces on your teeth.
No, sorry.
Maybe in a year or so once I've reached the "fuck it I'll just wear them full-time" moment (even though that moment may never come).

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Re: My Journey to Removable Braces
« Reply #49 on: 06. June 2021, 21:35:52 PM »
If you are uncomfortable making pictures of you wearing the appliance, do you perhaps have the moulds of your teeth? showing both plates on those would make it much easier to understand as well!