Sunday, September 26, 2010

14 months post-op

Hey everyone,

I wanted to post one (more) last update. My bite on the sides has pretty much come into place finally. It only took 14 months post-op, and 7 months after my braces came off :) I did need the wire on my retainer adjusted once to let a couple of my front teeth move out a little, and wearing my retainer less also helped.

My bite finally feels totally comfortable with no hitting in the front. I seem to have remastered speech as well. I think the tiny changes in my bite while the sides were coming into place were making it hard for me to accurately get my tongue and jaw in the correct position for good pronunciation. I also had some issues with my jaw randomly snapping shut in the middle of a word. This may have been related to a med that I'm on that can make my jaw muscles clench.

I thought this might be encouraging info for anyone still experiencing similar problems.

Good luck to all!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

OK, one more post

I had a problem with my upper and lower front teeth hitting after my braces came off. I went to the ortho twice (my new ortho because my original graduated) whom I do not feel comfortable with. The attending doc bent the wire on my Hawley retainer to let my front teeth move a little forward. He also told me to quit wearing it so much since my bite actually felt better without it. Everything seems to be coming together nicely now. I just wanted to let people know that they should be persistent if things don't feel right, it's your mouth and your money.

Hope everyone is doing well.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Final Post

In my last post I stated that my molars were not touching on the side and that I was still hitting on a front tooth. After 2 months in the Hawley retainers, my bite is near perfect. Everything is coming together perfectly on the sides. I can't tell you how nice it is to be able to comfortably chew my food and bite through things compeletly without dragging half the food out. I am so happy with the outcome and would do it again in a minute.

I wish everyone going through this the best of luck!!!

Take care all!!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Final Retainers In - It finally feels over

I got my Hawley retainers put in yesterday and got rid of the nasty Essex retainers. Everything fit perfectly. I still have to go back for retention checks because my molars aren't touching again. They think it's just because I had the Essex in too long. There was a mix-up with the date that my Hawley's were supposed to be made so I wore the Essex for over a month. The Essex was holding my teeth in place and not letting them settle in. Hopefully that corrects itself now.

It feels like it's over now, it was totally worth it, and I am so glad I did it.

My resident orthodontist, Dr. Dan Walton, just graduated so I'll never see him again, kinda sad after 2 years. He did a great job and I wish him well.

Good luck to everyone embarking on this journey. I wish you the best of luck!!

P.S. - If anyone is interested in a good book to read, I just read 2 great books. The Shack by William P. Young, and Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Ben's Big Mouth Blog

Did anyone else notice that this blog disappeared and his last post was right before surgery. I hope he made it through ok.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Final Pics - no glamour shots, kinda rough

You can see my screws here. You can also see how short my middle -upper roots have become after having braces for so long.

This is early in the morning with bedhead and squinty eyes. I still have a little paralyzed muscle on the right.

You have to look at previous profile to compare.

I had to crop this so it's blurry.

My teeth do close , I just opened them so you can see how they line up.

I still have the molded Essex retainers and they seem to be shifting my teeth a little. I guess when I get the Hawley's put in they settle in more.

Thursday, February 4, 2010


My braces are off!. It took two and a half hours. I got my upper and lower permanent retainers, and upper and lower Essex retainers (the invisalign clear molded things). I go back for the Hawley retainers in 3 weeks.

It feels really weird. My teeth look like dentures to me. I'll post some pics later.