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Offline MikeB

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« Reply #195 on: 03. May 2018, 21:18:31 PM »
Haha, she seems to fall down about once a year on average! Luckily her lips are always there to break her fall. She's fine now. It wasn't really a big deal.

It WAS funny, though!  ;D

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« Reply #196 on: 10. May 2018, 21:54:38 PM »
In other news, Carrie's pushing back her May 19th adjustment AGAIN. We got a chance for a free trip to Mexico that weekend, so it seems like a reasonable "sacrifice."

She's rescheduling today. I told her she needs to get another Saturday appointment so we have the whole weekend for...fun.  >:D

But at this rate, she'll be in braces for two years. Sweet!

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« Reply #197 on: 09. July 2018, 21:18:55 PM »
So Carrie FINALLY went to the ortho after postponing two adjustments. Surprisingly, her ortho didn't even scold her! Changes at this adjustment:

- Repositioned the bracket on her left upper front incisor
- Removed her wire ties (were on upper canines)
- Tweaked her lower archwire to try to "widen" her arch a bit
- Went with purple ligs (she was tired of the silver she's had for ages)

Elastics are the same at 3/16" and 6.5 ounces.

She took off for Virginia the day after the adjustment, but she hasn't mentioned any soreness in texts or videos she's sent me.

Video here: http://anonym.to/?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z138AdlE1Cs

Next appointment is scheduled for September 1st. We'll see if she postpones that one, too!  ;D

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« Reply #198 on: 11. July 2018, 01:54:20 AM »
nice that you can extend the treatment time this way, but you must have nice ortho.  My kids (and then us as parents) got the lecture every time they missed an appointment, though they seemed to roll easier with my wife when she missed an appointment. 

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« Reply #199 on: 11. July 2018, 19:40:02 PM »
Yeah, he's a very nice guy. He's a mild, soft-spoken Mormon man. In retrospect, I really don't know why I thought he'd scold her for postponing appointments. It would be out of character for him. And it's not like her postponing appointments creates extra work for him, so I'm sure he doesn't care if she's in braces longer than expected.

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« Reply #200 on: 16. July 2018, 16:24:43 PM »
To take it one step further - you are a paying customer, he is kind of service provider for you, and scolding a paying customer is quite inappropriate in most situations ;-)

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« Reply #201 on: 16. July 2018, 18:35:15 PM »
Paid in full already, too!  ;D

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« Reply #202 on: 16. July 2018, 22:01:08 PM »
I posted an "interview compilation" video on YouTube. It's mainly just 20 minutes of Carrie talking about her braces after each adjustment, if that's of any interest.

http://anonym.to/?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpZYSQrW7oM

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« Reply #203 on: 21. July 2018, 02:42:14 AM »
So as it turns out, we're going to attend a large wedding in Boston in early October. I asked Carrie if she wants to have her braces off by then (which would be understandable). Her response: "I don't care if I still have braces in October."

Okay then. I guess we'll shoot for two years in braces!  >:D

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« Reply #204 on: 27. July 2018, 21:11:49 PM »
So as it turns out, we're going to attend a large wedding in Boston in early October. I asked Carrie if she wants to have her braces off by then (which would be understandable). Her response: "I don't care if I still have braces in October."

Okay then. I guess we'll shoot for two years in braces!  >:D

it sounds to me like she's rather enjoying this after all! :)

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« Reply #205 on: 29. August 2018, 02:02:35 AM »
In a bit of interesting news not directly related to Carrie's braces, our very good -- and pretty -- friend Britt has also just gotten braces. She went with clear top and metal bottom. She sent Carrie a video saying, "Look we're braces sisters now!"

Britt has been through three prior rounds of orthodontics: braces in her late teens, Clear Correct in her middle 20s and Invisalign in her late 20s. She's 30 now, and has finally found an ortho who can actually fix her underlying jaw problem (with a surgical assist). She'll be in these braces for nine months before lower jaw surgery, and an indeterminate time after surgery.

I should see her this weekend, and I'm looking forward to seeing her new braces!

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« Reply #206 on: 04. September 2018, 20:19:54 PM »
Carrie had another braces adjustment on Saturday September 1st. A few changes:

- "Final wire" on top
- Many bends in both archwires (this is causing some soreness)
- New elastic configuration (triangle) on the left to try to correct her midline

Video here: http://anonym.to/?http://anonym.to/?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCrOz0kCYzM

Next appointment is October 26th, which is almost two months out. Heh, Carrie did that intentionally to try to drag out treatment as long as possible. Nice!

This also means she'll still have her braces for our friend's wedding in Boston next month. Excellent!

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« Reply #207 on: 05. September 2018, 09:36:45 AM »
wow Carrie really is in this with you isn't she, you'll be the envy of many on this forum!

I'm sure Britt was inspired by Carrie's openness and positivity about the whole thing, good on her :)

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« Reply #208 on: 05. September 2018, 18:35:39 PM »
Yes, Carrie has really turned around her opinion on braces, that's for sure. In the beginning, she only wanted them for a maximum of one year. Now she wants to keep them as long as she can!

Britt is a dental hygienist and is always in pursuit of the perfect alignment and bite. Unfortunately I haven't been able to see her in her braces yet!

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« Reply #209 on: 06. September 2018, 02:29:55 AM »
looks like you struck gold on this experience - my wife wanted to be out as soon as she could, which was great for her, but disappointment to me!