Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Belated Fourth & Early Fifth Week Updates

Sorry about the lapse in updates (if anyone is still reading this that is!) ... work and school have conspired to keep me a busy as of late.

Last time I mentioned that the Orthodontist had placed me in a *kind of* weird elastic pattern. Well, after a week the left side had moved significantly faster than the right, so I went back for an unscheduled appointment and he placed me in the more traditional *triangle* pattern. This is where the elastics are connected to the upper incisors as well as the two teeth on the lower jaw immediately below them. This is supposed to align the jaws on the *vertical* plane rather than moving them side-to-side on the *horizontal* plane. If you remember, the surgeons decided two weeks before my first surgery that I didn't need to have the upper jaw surgery even though I have an ~2mm cant ... this *triantle* elastic configuration is designed to better address that issue.

All I can say is -- Wow! these elastics work and they work FAST! I noticed a change within two days ... it's amazing how quickly these changes can happen.

Hopefully I'm still on track for debracing during October 2007. My next Orthodontist appointment is on September 11th so I'll post more photos then.


Kristen said...

Hey Bill, OF COURSE we're still reading your blog! :)

Isn't it crazy how fast the elastics work? I agree with you 100%. Who would've thought these little rubber bands can do wonders?

Brandyleigh35 said...

Hey Bill,
Are you braces free yet?