Wednesday, July 26, 2006 poking!

So later in the day yesterday I started to feel the ends of the wire on each side poking me. The left worse than the right. I thought maybe I just needed to get used to it but later decided that they were poking more than they ought to. Went back to Dr W today to see what could be done. The reason for it poking, or at least this is what I understood, is that using super-cable with my type of brackets is a little bit unusual. The super-cable is a wire made of 7 thin strands. For whatever reason then, I assume due to the type of brackets, they weren't able to just clip the ends off. So Dr W, being the inventive genius that he is (and I do mean that amicably, he is a very bright guy) had Jan, the technician, use some bonding plastic goop to cover the end of the wire. She then cured it with the plasma light. So now it still feels like it's poking me but not such a sharp feeling. It feels blunt and isn't breaking the tissue now. Jan said that hopefully by my next appointment they will be able to put a heavier wire on which will eliminate the problem properly. Hopefully this temporary fix will last me until September 12th! Man, 7 weeks is quite a long wait.


At 8:31 AM, Anonymous Roxanne said...

Hooray, congrats on getting the RPE out, sounds much less painful than i was imagining! Phew!
Yes good that you had the wire ends covered...later when they add a new wire you can get better at knowing if the ends are rubbing or not and have them retrim while you are there. Good luck!

At 1:19 AM, Blogger Brandyleigh35 said...

Hey Graham,
It is so great getting the RPE out isn't it. You before and after pics are just amazing. Isn't it a trip how much change can happen in a relatively short period of time? It really does feel like a cathedral ceiling in your mouth doesn't it?

I totally feel your pain about the 7 weeks between appts. It seems so long! I hate waiting! Feels like forever... I only have 4 more appts and my ortho is convinced he will have me surgery ready by May 2007 with just those four adjustments. We shall see, I'm into my 10th week with a lower powerchain and still the gap they created is not closing. My uppers are moving like crazy though. Check out my updated pics they are like yours too!

Wanted to ask you if you have feeling back in your palate yet? Can you feel all of your teeth again? A few of mine in front are still sorta numb.


At 10:35 AM, Blogger Graham said...

Hi Brandy...

Indeed, it is pretty unreal how much difference we've seen in such a short time. Three months out of my life is nothing for all of this so far! Funny how before I started all of this I thought that my case was so bad that there wouldn't be much hope for me. I'm glad I was very wrong, and now I can really start to see how the pieces of treatment will make a tremendous improvement! Yes!

About the front uppers definitely do not feel normal yet. Not numb really, in fact they are kinda sensitive, but I think it is more that I still really have a lot of movement to get through. I have quite a lot of space on each side of my front incisors. I remember how it felt when the gap was at its largest, and how it really started to feel better the smaller it got. So I am chalking it all up to the fact that things really aren't all the way back yet. It seems like only a small distance but as you know in ortho even 1mm feels like a mile. The thing with me too is the area on the sides of my nose, the apples of my cheeks, and the area directly under my nostrils still feel weird - tingly, numb, puffy, maybe even still a little bit swollen. Oh, and my lips too. They are often puffy in the morning and often stay that way all day long. Dr T didn't seem to be concerned with it, so again, I'm just gonna see how it goes and compare once my teeth are a lot closer together. I've heard that numbness for lefort I can sometimes take a year to fully disappear, so I wonder if maybe that is what you are experiencing.

At 2:09 PM, Blogger Brandyleigh35 said...

Yeah, It is mostly just my left incisors and my canine that are still numb, everything else has feeling back. Now mind you it is getting better everyday but just not back to normal yet. I think my ortho slapping this giant wire on sorta disrupted the healing process a bit, like they weren't ready to be moving again or totally healed where they were at to begin with.

I'm thinking that perhaps I'm just a slow healer, but that is why I wanted to check in with someone who is younger than I to see if that is the case. I have heard that it is not unusual for it to take up to 6 months for things to feel back to normal, I'm only at about 5 months on the 3rd of August so I guess things are proceeding the way they are supposed to, and from the way things feel I would think that I will most definitely have all feeling back within a month, as it is only slightly numb not a lot.

I had the puffiness and swelling up in the apples of my cheeks on and off for about a couple months. Especially around my sinuses. My lips didn't get puffy but it was definitely sensitive in that area for awhile.

Your progress has been amazing! and I'm so happy for you that you decided to pursue this option. I think we are all going to be so pleased with the end result, and even more so for individuals like you whose teeth were really challenging to begin with. Already yours looks like a whole new mouth! Even though the whole process is aggravating sometimes, when you can see the results it so seems worth it. Also, I'm finding like you that time goes by so quickly. Already I look at my surgery pics and have a hard time remembering the whole thing. Its like a distant memory in only 4 months. Such a short time out of my life for such amazing results!

Keep smiling Graham, it only gets better from here!



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