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    Braces Off! [Photos]

    Hi!
    I used to post on this forum quite often, but sadly, I haven't been able to make the effort as of recent. So, I hope you'll accept my sincere apologies for these photos being almost eight months...
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    I had a friend who had the same problem - but...

    I had a friend who had the same problem - but thankfully, his canine eventually did move down. fortunately, while no one can guarantee that your canine will come out on its own, there are orthodontic...
  3. Thread: weird gums?

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    were your teeth crowded before? it's probably the...

    were your teeth crowded before? it's probably the gingival tissue trying to "readjust" to its surroundings. (provided that you are brushing your teeth *and* flossing regularly, because otherwise your...
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    I think since we all know the pains of having...

    I think since we all know the pains of having braces, it wouldn't hurt to be a little empathetic. :)
    unfortunately, I don't have much advice. I hope you can adapt to them. focusing on the end result...
  5. It was probably less than a few millimeters, but...

    It was probably less than a few millimeters, but I wouldn't want them to be filed down even more. have you already consulted with an orthodontist that told you they wanted to remove more enamel? if...
  6. did you wear your retainer? unfortunately, there...

    did you wear your retainer? unfortunately, there is no substitute for orthodontic treatment. but you can explore your options - braces, invisalign, six month smiles, veneers, etc - and see which one...
  7. removing them is probably your best option. I...

    removing them is probably your best option. I hear that wisdom teeth are the culprit behind most unwanted tooth movement, even in people who have never worn braces, since your teeth will naturally...
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    your left incisor definitely moved a lot in a...

    your left incisor definitely moved a lot in a month - looks great so far! good luck, and keep us updated :)
  9. I wouldn't extract the peg incisor - like illay...

    I wouldn't extract the peg incisor - like illay said, the gap would be too big (and very obvious, probably making your smile even worse bite-wise). when you're older you can probably get veneers or...
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    they look lovely!

    they look lovely!
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    welcome to the forum :) from what I've seen of...

    welcome to the forum :) from what I've seen of others wearing expanders, there's a good chance that you'll develop a gap. I'm in high school too, and I know that having a gap would be less than...
  12. patience is a virtue :) you still have a long way...

    patience is a virtue :) you still have a long way to go, so don't worry about it too much. I'm at western dental too, so I know how you feel, but most of the time I think just being assertive and...
  13. unless it's causing you pain, it's not a big deal...

    unless it's causing you pain, it's not a big deal to wait till thursday. but no, it's not normal, and seeing as you've carefully been following instructions, there must have been a problem during the...
  14. I can kind of see what you're talking about -...

    I can kind of see what you're talking about - even though the pictures are from a different angle, it seems that it's just the bracket placement that's causing the tooth intrusion. bracket placement...
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    you're too nice! I just post to help me keep...

    you're too nice! I just post to help me keep track of progress but that made my day! I think your teeth will turn out lovely no matter what - the more time I spend in braces the more I realize that...
  16. Thread: Palatal Expander

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    you'll adapt! my molars also don't touch at the...

    you'll adapt! my molars also don't touch at the moment, but you get used to it. maybe try taking bigger bites of food so you can still feel like you're chewing? I know how foreign it felt at first,...
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    that doesn't make any sense at all. receiving...

    that doesn't make any sense at all. receiving them a month AFTER your braces are removed would allow for way too much shifting to occur, and making adjustments after taking a mold isn't any better. I...
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    It's not gross! I don't know much about tongue...

    It's not gross! I don't know much about tongue thrusts, but I know there are appliances that can help with the habit. has your orthodontist brought this up with you? I can't really comment further,...
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    the first time I had them in it felt really...

    the first time I had them in it felt really bizarre. I could barely open my mouth for the first day or two, but you quickly adapt to the pressure and soreness. It won't be impossible to open your...
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    New elastics configuration :)

    I can't tell you how glad I am that I finally got a new configuration! I now have triangle elastics (upper canine -> lower canine and first lower premolar) to help close up my anterior open bite....
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    You seem to have nice teeth already. :) I've...

    You seem to have nice teeth already. :) I've never heard of this procedure until now. that's really interesting, and it makes sense how it can shorten your treatment time because of less resistance...
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    I wish I could have responded to this sooner! my...

    I wish I could have responded to this sooner! my molds after extractions were quite unpleasant... when the assistant took the molds off my teeth, there was blood on them. she awkwardly laughed it...
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    Similar things have happened to me (I actually...

    Similar things have happened to me (I actually swallowed a bracket that came off when I was eating spaghetti) and it sounds like that is the fault of the orthodontist. they shouldn't try to blame you...
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    I'm sorry you've had a bad experience. :( I say...

    I'm sorry you've had a bad experience. :( I say next appointment, really convince them that you've seen no progress, and request they try something else. Sometimes teeth are stubborn and things that...
  25. wherever the wire is still connected, it is still...

    wherever the wire is still connected, it is still moving your teeth. the only tooth not moving is the one without the attached wire, but since it'll only be a day or two until it's fixed, it won't...
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