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Offline MikeB

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Re: Wife's braces journey
« Reply #120 on: 08. September 2017, 22:03:41 PM »
I think we're going to do a couple of more videos between now and Carrie's next adjustment (October 12th). The first will be about her Braces Survival Kit, a cool little item I picked up from Dentakit right before she got her braces.

The other potential vid is a Q&A. This is an idea I got from a member here. I doubt we'll do it on YouTube Live, but if you have questions you want her/us to answer, post them here or send them to me in PM. If there's sufficient interest, we'll do the Q&A.

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« Reply #121 on: 28. September 2017, 20:03:27 PM »
Driving to Rhode Island from Boston, Carrie reminded me that she's now been in braces six months. How time flies! She's a third of the way through with treatment already.

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« Reply #122 on: 13. October 2017, 19:57:09 PM »
Carrie had her fourth adjustment yesterday. It was nothing earthshaking. They took an x-ray, went to a stronger archwire on the bottom, and left the top wire the same. She chose silver ligs and power chain. The way the ortho talked, it seemed like keeping the power chain was sort of optional, but he recommended keeping it and so she did. She still has the bite stoppers, but they're going to move some brackets at her next appointment, so she may finally be freed of those accursed things in late November. Still no elastics. I have to say that I REALLY like the look of the silver ligs/chain.

I'll be putting a video on YouTube today or tomorrow, so stand by!

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Re: Wife's braces journey
« Reply #123 on: 14. October 2017, 00:11:32 AM »

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« Reply #124 on: 27. November 2017, 19:56:25 PM »
Time is flying by! We had a nice Thanksgiving and then a long weekend in Las Vegas -- shopping, eating, drinking, dancing -- which was super fun.

Carrie has her next adjustment tomorrow afternoon. Her ortho plans to move some brackets, so it should be a longer appointment than usual. I'm still hoping she can lose the bite stoppers, which continue to somewhat frustrate her. She may also get elastics at this appointment. I'm going to have her stick with the silver-colored ligs (and power chain, if she continues with that). I'll make the usual video and put it on YouTube, of course!

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« Reply #125 on: 29. November 2017, 17:37:39 PM »
Carrie had her fifth adjustment yesterday. No luck on getting rid of the hated bite stoppers, which she may have for the duration of her active treatment.

As far as braces changes:

- She is released from the "pain chain" (upper power chain).
- The ortho repositioned the brackets on her upper front incisors and her right lateral incisor. Presumably he will use the brackets on the front incisors as pivot points to bring down her lateral incisors and give her less of a "bunny rabbit" look to her front teeth.
- She got a stronger upper archwire (.16 x .22, I think). Her lower archwire remained the same. I think her ortho is being considerate and only causing aching on one jaw at a time!
- Same ligs as last time (silver) and I think they look chunkier when new. They do seem to sort of "settle in" as the weeks pass, though, and begin to look a little smaller.
- The ortho told her she'd get elastics to start midline correction at her next appointment (January 11). This means rubber bands for our next Vegas trip!

She's feeling a bit of pressure across her upper front teeth this morning, but nothing she can't easily handle.

I posted some pics from right after her appointment on Flickr:
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I took quite a bit of video, which I'll try to edit today and put up on YouTube.

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Re: Wife's braces journey
« Reply #126 on: 29. November 2017, 19:24:58 PM »
Thanks for the updates, Mike! Looking forward to more updates in the future.

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« Reply #127 on: 29. November 2017, 20:09:33 PM »
My pleasure. This little archive will be something I can enjoy for years after she gets her braces off!

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« Reply #128 on: 29. November 2017, 22:01:48 PM »
The latest video is live now: http://anonym.to/?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FTS_APjMtg

It's pretty lengthy since this adjustment was more complicated than usual, with the bracket repositioning.

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Re: Wife's braces journey
« Reply #129 on: 30. November 2017, 01:34:08 AM »
thanks again for the updates!

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« Reply #130 on: 30. November 2017, 20:51:14 PM »
Thank You for Your Informations, pics and Videos ! all the Best for You!

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« Reply #131 on: 01. December 2017, 10:54:56 AM »
Great update ! I hope it is not too long or painful for her !

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« Reply #132 on: 04. December 2017, 19:56:57 PM »
Just a quick little update:

Carrie's only had some mild pressure and soreness since her last adjustment, and really just on the three brackets that were repositioned. The soreness has gone away now. However, her rearmost lower right bracket (with the buccal tube) came off on Saturday morning. Fortunately, the exposed archwire isn't stabbing her or anything, but she can't get into the ortho until Tuesday to have the bracket replaced. If the archwire does end up poking her today or tonight, I can just clip it with my trusty distal end cutter, as I've done with other poking wires before.

Me, when learning the bracket had come off: "Were you eating something hard, that you're not supposed to eat?"

Carrie: "Ramen noodles."

Me: "Oh. That's not supposed to happen."

Carrie: "No kidding."

She managed to recover the bracket. I put it in a snack bag to keep as a souvenir.  ;)

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« Reply #133 on: 06. December 2017, 18:45:43 PM »
Carrie got the broken bracket replaced yesterday. She had to do a walk-in at the ortho practice, since no appointments were available and the orthodontist needed to be present to position the new bracket. She sat in the waiting room for about an hour before she was called back. The replacement was uneventful, however. She made a short video about it:

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« Reply #134 on: 06. December 2017, 21:44:00 PM »
Also of interest, I had a slight scheduling conflict with her next appointment. She offered to move the appointment back a week or so. The thing that jumped out in her text about it? "I can move it back to the next week. I don't mind moving things back to prolong treatment a bit."

Verrrrrrrrrrrrry interesting!