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Offline bradhov

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Re: Wife's braces journey
« Reply #165 on: 13. February 2018, 02:34:34 AM »
nice videos on the Q&A - thanks again for doing this and your posts!

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« Reply #166 on: 13. February 2018, 02:47:09 AM »
Hi,

great !!
How many elastics ? world records ?

see you

Offline MikeB

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« Reply #167 on: 13. February 2018, 17:58:54 PM »
Glad you fellows are enjoying the videos! She got up to 20 elastics before it became too much.

On another not-totally-treatment-related note, I thought this was a funny picture: http://anonym.to/?https://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeinreallife/40224770371/in/dateposted/. Snapchat filters are sometimes hilarious! And you can also detect our friend's Invisalign, too, if you look closely.

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« Reply #168 on: 13. February 2018, 21:38:07 PM »
love the videos, Carrie is refreshingly honest :)

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« Reply #169 on: 13. February 2018, 21:48:32 PM »
Glad you like them, ortho218!

And yes, she is one of the most honest (and least self-conscious) women I've ever met.

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« Reply #170 on: 13. February 2018, 23:00:44 PM »
20 ! great !
can she still open the mouth with that ?
perhaps it's a good solution to have silence during a football match with friends :-)

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« Reply #171 on: 13. February 2018, 23:33:54 PM »
Yes, she could open her mouth -- barely!  ;D

She also said her mouth was sore for a few minutes after she took all the elastics out, too. (Except the ones she's actually required to wear.)

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« Reply #172 on: 14. February 2018, 00:30:02 AM »
She also said her mouth was sore for a few minutes after she took all the elastics out, too
probably depend how you put it... but if you put all in the same direction, its's probably can accelerate the treatment :)
when you have removable brace, it's the same on the morning, your mouth is sore too....

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« Reply #173 on: 14. February 2018, 18:31:07 PM »
Heh, the Rubber Band Challenge video was marked by YouTube as "age restricted." Wouldn't want those kids doing it, I guess!  ::)

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« Reply #174 on: 14. February 2018, 21:04:48 PM »
Great Video! Thank You !

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« Reply #175 on: 20. February 2018, 20:26:31 PM »
We're off to Carrie's seventh adjustment this afternoon. We anticipate heavier elastics, possibly in a different configuration, and she may get her final/finishing wires (based on her ortho's comments last time). I'll post a report here, put pictures on Flickr, and post a YouTube video in the next day or two.

Carrie's feeling a bit of dread regarding even heavier elastics, since she had a tough time getting used to the current rubber bands. But she'll plow through, I have no doubt.

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« Reply #176 on: 21. February 2018, 17:26:13 PM »
It seems so fast that she'd be on a finishing wire already. Crazy how quickly time goes by. Good luck today!

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« Reply #177 on: 21. February 2018, 18:21:28 PM »
Carrie had her seventh braces adjustment yesterday. As usual, I took a half-day off work to take her to the appointment in a neighboring suburb. It was a surprisingly eventful adjustment, from an orthodontic perspective! Changes this time:

-   A new, heavier lower archwire (.19x.25 steel).
-   Wire ties on her upper canines with standard ligatures over the ties.
-   Much heavier elastics (6.5 ounce, up from 4.0).

The heavier lower wire, the ortho explained, is to continue “leveling” on her lower teeth.

The ortho did not explain the wire ties, but the assistant explained that they’ll grasp more tightly and move the canines quicker.

The ortho commented that the heavier elastics were to continue working on her overbite.

The ortho originally thought he’d reduce her bite stops, but changed his mind once he saw how worn down they are. He elected to leave them alone.

No word on a removal timeframe, but the ortho definitely didn’t act like it was anytime soon. It seems like he thinks there’s quite a bit of work left correcting her bite.

On the way to the appointment, Carrie once again mentioned figuring out ways to extend her treatment besides postponing appointments. I was actually able to push back her next appointment by a week, but that was simply because my father will be visiting from the east coast and I didn’t want to take time away from his visit.

Carrie instantly felt the heavy pressure from the new elastics. I’m sure she’ll also start feeling that heavier lower archwire, if she hasn’t already. We’ll see how she responds to the wire ties.

I mentioned to her this morning that, when she first seriously considered braces, I assumed her treatment would be very simple. Not that her braces are SUPER complicated or anything, but I didn’t anticipate bite stoppers, wire ties and extra-heavy elastics. This is even more fun than I expected!

YouTube video to come, as always.

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« Reply #178 on: 21. February 2018, 20:11:36 PM »
I edited the video and posted it on YouTube. Seventh braces adjustment:

http://anonym.to/?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCr1uuIEaIs

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« Reply #179 on: 22. February 2018, 00:45:13 AM »
wow so much progress! glad the process has been rewarding for both of you, such a good attitude! :)