Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Adjustment #4: "It just came to me, like a gift," he said.

So today was adjustment #4. I had been anticipating this one because I knew Dr W would finally be able to make some significant changes to my oral apparatus. Here's the play by play...

My night time FFMP hasn't been doable for me, I can't sleep with it mostly because I can't keep my lips closed. He made some adjustments to it last time but they only helped somewhat. So for now he thinks that we'll have to wait until my alignment gets better and hopefully that will allow a better fit. My plan calls for another FFMP as part of my long term retention so I assume this is when we'll try again, or maybe shortly before I get my braces removed.

On top he took the power chain off (no more worry about stains, woohoo!) since my 3-7's have moved forward 1.5mm like he wanted. I was surprised by that because I couldn't see much difference but he said the arch wire was sticking out at the end, so there's the proof. I guess I just got used to it since I didn't really feel any poking. I mentioned the amount of space around my laterals and he said he actually wants to create more space around them so they can be bonded into the proper shape and size. So, he had a look around my mouth and after some pondering and contemplation he decided to use #9 ligature wire to divide my teeth into three groups in order to create the space around the laterals. So now underneath the arch wire is the ligature wire from 3-7 on both sides as well as tied between my incisors. I noticed a couple of sharp spots on the way home if I run my tongue over it. Hopefully that won't be too bad if I can train myself not to do it. The extra wire is going to make food get stuck more often, bah! Dr W, in his humorous style, was impressed with his idea since it meant not having to use coils. "Darn I'm good. It just came to me, like a gift," he said. Corollary: I'm good too. :o)

On the bottom I now have a heavy #17 wire with some first and second order bends in it. This ought to make a big difference over the next 8 weeks. I can't wait for my lower arch to finally be more levelled off. He also put a tiny piece of ligature wire on one of my incisors which needs to be rotated slightly. Getting the heavy wire clipped into place was way more bearable since I had my brackets repositioned last time. I had already taken some Advil this morning, so pain is minimal right now but I can definitely feel new movement starting already.

The idea for next appointment is to remove my lateral brackets and use an arch bypass so that Dr G can then bond my laterals into the proper size and shape. This is going to make a big difference cosmetically so I'm psyched about that! Hurrah for only 2 more months of peg laterals!! Then I'll go right back to Dr W to have brackets put back on.

I mentioned that Dr T may be able to get me in for surgery as early as July. Dr W said he thought that would be good timing. So we'll see what happens. It's really sounding like it will be closer to October though.

It was difficult to get good photos this week. Since my arches are wider (yay!) now it's hard to hold my mouth open this far! So here's an underbite shot which shows the ligature wire on top and the #17 on bottom. More photos are on my Flickr site (see top right link on this page).

underbite adj 4 wk 0


At 9:32 PM, Blogger Kelsie said...

Wow Graham! I took a quick peek at your Flickr photos, your teeth have come so far!

You are so lucky not to have those pesky little springs in your mouth, everything gets caught on them, including the inside of your lip. They are not fun at all!

Thanks for posting as I was beginning to wonder "What's happening with Graham?".

At 12:57 AM, Blogger Mrs. Shanton said...

My! That's a big wire you got there on your bottom teeth, sir! I can't get over the difference in your teeth from last year. Such a huge difference! What a payoff. Does it give you a self-confidence boost?

At 11:28 PM, Blogger Amy said...

Graham, I agree. You've teeth look so different from last year, your whole change is so fantastic. Are you happy about the look? Your top teeth look really straight, just some work on the bottom - but I'm not an ortho ;)

At 1:34 PM, Blogger Graham said...

Thanks guys. I am thrilled with the changes since last year. Hard to believe that I used to think that my case would be beyond help! I'm definitely on my way to better form and function, but I'm a man of fine detail, still much work to be done!

At 4:54 PM, Blogger Brandyleigh35 said...

Hey Graham,
I agree with everyone else. Your teeth honestly have been the most fun to follow. Your changes have been just astounding. I'm sure you must look in the mirror at times and be in disbelieve that those are really your teeth!
I know that I do that and mine weren't really very bad to begin with. I can't get over the change in your appearance either. I mean you really look like a totally different person. Imagine what it will be like after the surgery(s). I'm so excited for you!

AS for the fine details, I'm with you! I know to the outside world my teeth are looking pretty good, but I keep seeing the little flaring on one or two, and some that are not rotated as much as I would like, etc. Probably like you also. I figure, since I'm paying for all this, that even if I'm stuck in braces an extra 6 months, it will be worth it, as when I'm done, I want to know that my teeth are absolutely as perfect as they can possibly be. No settling on less than the best. It is a long arduous journey to do all this, I think it is important to be pro-active in your treatment, and not just go along with what all the doctors say if you are geniunely not thrilled with the final results. I know I still have a few things that need to be tweeked around. In fact I'm going to address a couple of them with the ortho next week.

Anyway.....I think your pics look amazing! and as I said before, you are going to have to beat the girls off with a stick when you are all done with this. You are going to have a truly Hollywood smile!


At 8:05 AM, Blogger Kristen said...

I hope you get the July date!

At 5:53 PM, Blogger Lark said...

Wow... all those numbers..measurements.. how do you keep track?

Here's hoping you get that July date!!

At 11:14 AM, Blogger Tara said...

Hey Gramah,
You're right, our teeth do look a lot alike! I will have to add you to my list to keep track of. I can't wait to read all of your blogs and get caught up on your progress so far. Here's hoping for the August surgery date for both of us!
~ Tara

At 2:49 PM, Blogger Mary said...

Hey Graham, any news?? M

At 2:31 PM, Blogger Graham said...


At 7:05 PM, Blogger Mrs. Shanton said...

Oh, come ON! You must have something to say. How about a recent pic?


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