Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Good News This Week

What a difference one week makes. Last week I was concerned because the elastic bands seemed to be working on my left side and weren't on my right side. This was creating an edge-on-edge bite of a sort on the left side of my jaw. Well, a couple of days after writing that post the right side kicked into gear and the mid-lines lined up. I was still a bit concerned, however, because of the edge-on-edge bite.

Fast forward to yesterday to my Orthodontist appointment. I told the Orthodontist about my concerns and he said not to worry ... that he was going to be able to correct the bite using heavier elastic bands (heavy - 1/4 in. 6.4mm) and a different configuration. What he did was place the bands on both the left and right bottom incisors and the left and right upper back molar. I don't pretend to understand the intricacies of Orthodontia but the intent is to move the upper jaw forward a bit and the lower jaw back a bit. Well, for the past two days my jaws have felt like they're being squeezed in a vice ... not terribly painful but a constant ache. And, I've already noticed that the edge-on-edge bite is no longer happening! I'm supposed to wear this configuration for the next month and then I'll hopefully transition to night-wear only.

The really big news, though, is the Orthodontist is predicting an October 2007 de-bracing time-frame! It's not an exact date but I'll sure take it :)


Brandyleigh35 said...

Hey Bill,
That is good news! Early October...I'm envious! Actually I'm hoping for very close to that myself, but we shall see. I have 6 more weeks in this triangle rubberband configuration and already Im totally sick of it!

The only good thing is that rubberbands mean that the end is near. Woo Hoo!

Mrs. Shanton said...

Rubber bands are amazing! They really work really well, and so fast, too! October will be here before you know it. Then you'll have graduated. It's exciting, but kinda sad, too, believe it or not.

Kristen said...

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