Wednesday, May 02, 2007

All Coiled Up!

Once again it goes to show that during ortho you really can't get too attached to any particular outcome at any particular time. Things will happen when they happen and one must simply deal with it!

So as you can see (check out my flickr site for more pics) there has been a change in plan, or rather a delay is probably more accurate. I didn't have enough space around my peg laterals so my OD had to break out the big guns and put coils and spacers in! It was tricky to get those little buggers in there and I am loaded up on Advil now. (It even hurt to bite into a jam sandwich for lunch!) I still have the tie wire under the arch wire as well. The idea is to advance my central incisors and to create more space around the laterals, in fact he thinks it will be a bit too much but he will close it up after the bonding. He said this may temporarily move my central incisors in front of my lowers. I hope it doesn't because that inbetween part is so annoying! The good part though is that I go back in 6 weeks rather than the usual 8. But again we'll just have to see what happens. My occlusion is pretty bad right now too. My upper and lower incisors are knocking together more and more, and I am almost biting my top right bracket if I'm not careful.

As for lowers, he ran out of time so he plans to put some second order bends in the wire next time. Hopefully that will finally get my lower incisors straightened out.

Another part of this visit was a discussion about surgery. Dr W said I am right at the point where he needs to determine whether we stick with the original plan of both upper and lower, or whether I can get away with just upper. I remember him hinting at this shortly after my expansion was finished. This time he wants to make a new set of models and do some tracings in order to really know for sure. We will do this once my bonding is finally done and the little spaces are gone. I know my OS is going to do it before he does anything too but I am still very curious to see what we find out.

Some sad news is that my coordinator Cheri is in the hospital due to a pancreas injury during gall bladder removal surgery. Not only that but she caught pneumonia too! Arlene recruited her mom (!) to help out in Cheri's absence. So the two of them set me up for my next appointment today. Thanks mom! Hehe. And get better soon Cheri!

So here I am back in the waiting game. I feel like some applesauce, wanna join me?


At 3:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good and bad news...bad news ull have to wait longer to get those teeth bonded, but super good news u might only have to have upper surgery instead of both! Thats more of a bonus if u ask me!

At 2:11 AM, Blogger Mrs. Shanton said...

1) Thanks for posting!
2) You are so sweet. (All concerned for your coordinator, and giving her a shout-out on your blog, you ol' sweetie!)
3) Eh, upper...lower and upper...lower only, ehhhhh, whatever. Either way. It's all the same. I say the recovery is all the same, there are theoretical advantages to one over the other, but these guys are so awesome.
4) I HATE BITING BRACKETS! I popped one off doing that and it was shocking and icky-feeling.
5) I have nothing for number 5.

Adios, amigo.

At 11:30 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

Well I have always heard that patience is a virtue! But what indeed is a virtue? I look to good ole' Webster for the answer.....well Webster says it is a beneficial quality, manly strength or courage, a commendable quality....where am I going with this? HeHe
I'll pray for just the upper for you but after receiving advice from you, I know you will gladly do both if necessary in order to get to the end result that you are working so hard to achieve.

Good Luck!

At 5:47 PM, Blogger JenNicole said...

Well I know you may feel like you just had some bad news...but wow are your teeth really coming together!! I also have had a leave of absence on our lovely blog, and after looking at your Flickr your teeth are doing awesome!! They are really lining up well to slide right into position with surgery. I know you are going to be so pleased with the end result. And I am living proof that upper and lower is do-able with a great outcome! So I wouldn't consider that you have had any bad news! Well except for how far in between your visits are. :)

At 12:17 AM, Blogger Michelle said...

Excuse me Mr Graham, don't you think it is time for another update. I mean, it has been a month since we have seen a pic. I'm sure you have had some progress since May 2nd. Let's go!


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