Not sure what to do, dental/ortho advice needed!

Discussion in 'Dental Archive' started by Jemmy, Dec 10, 2004.

  1. Jemmy

    Jemmy Guest

    Hi! I am new to this group. I joined because I need help and am not
    sure what to do. When I was 16, I had braces put on to correct my cross
    bite and straighten out my teeth. However, at 18 I moved out of state
    and got married. I was no longer receiving any care for my teeth.

    My wires began irritating the inside of my mouth, so I took them out.
    Now I have brackets on all my teeth, except the wisdom teeth and metal
    brackets surrounding my back molars. These are particularly troublesome
    because the top of the metal encasings have peeled back from chomping
    and are very sharp. I am constantly snagging my tongue on them! VERY
    painful! The inside of my mouth is contantly being cut or snagged. And
    my gums swell on a regular basis. I don't have bleeding, though, except
    for the snagging. I brush regularly and use a little flossing brush.

    I want these off so badly. The office that put these on are located in
    Philadelphia... I live in Alaska! I have not visited home in 3 1/2
    years. I plan to visit sometime next year, but there is no definite
    date. I am not even sure if my father's insurance will still cover the
    removal of these, not to mention whether the my old Orthodontist will
    be willing to remove them.

    So, I am faced with a delima... remove them myself somehow, or find a
    doctor to do it for cheap.

    Any advice???

    Jemmy, Dec 10, 2004
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  2. Good advice is on the way ........

    There's the problem ......

    Doc .....


    Joel M. Eichen, Dec 10, 2004
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  3. Jemmy wrote:

    This one is easy. See a dentist where you are in Alaska. I assume you
    are not going to continue orthodontic treatment at this time.

    Steven Bornfeld, Dec 10, 2004
  4. Or it may be possible to catch some of the New Zealand Dental Nurses

    This is like the Swedish Bikini Team, only for teeth.


    On Fri, 10 Dec 2004 08:59:24 -0500, Steven Bornfeld
    Joel M. Eichen, Dec 10, 2004
  5. Jemmy

    Dr. Steve Guest

    Advice,,,,,,?????? Sure.

    Reach into your pocket and pay someone [licensed dentist] to remove
    the brackets. They will probably ask you to sign a release form.
    Then, [RIGHT AWAY] get a full dental exam to see what condition your
    mouth is in.
    Stephen Mancuso, D.D.S.
    Troy, Michigan, USA

    Writing on a tablet PC,so forgive me if the PC misreads my poor handwriting.
    Dr. Steve, Dec 10, 2004
  6. Jemmy

    StovePipe Guest

    ..... Could she not have them removed, and have impressions taken, and
    have a laboratory NTI made? One that wraps around the lingual of the
    upper teeth like a long flipper. This would (I think) keep the dental
    relation intact as it is now, acting as a retainer, and prevent other
    problems, like teeth clattering all night long, from ensuing.
    Just an idea, and in no way reflects the opinion of this station.
    StovePipe, Dec 12, 2004
  7. Jemmy

    Dr. Steve Guest

    Sounds to me like this person has been ignoring their dental health
    for a long time. Time to get the brackets off and see how much damage
    the patient has done with poor OH and sugar/acid habits.
    Stephen Mancuso, D.D.S.
    Troy, Michigan, USA

    Writing on a tablet PC,so forgive me if the PC misreads my poor handwriting.
    Dr. Steve, Dec 12, 2004
  8. Jemmy

    StovePipe Guest

    OK, that's true.
    StovePipe, Dec 12, 2004
  9. Jemmy

    Jemmy Guest

    No, I have not been ignoring my dental health. I brush, floss, and use
    listerene (occasionally). However, I do not have the money to afford a
    dentist. We do not have insurance and make too much for medicaid. I am
    finally in the position to see about getting these off. I was told that
    noone, but the doctor who originally put these on, would touch them.

    I cannot even really pay anyone now what with checkups, eye
    exams/glasses for dh and I, and other costly medical bills coming
    straight out of pocket. I am still paying off a bill I incurred 3 yrs
    ago for a doctor to tell me that I 'may' have the flu. Sorry this
    turned into a vent, but I was not ignoring anything. But there is but
    so much you can do.

    Thank you for all the advice. I am going to call around to
    Orthodontists in my area to see if I can get an idea of how much it is
    going to cost me to have these braces removed. If anyone has any
    ballpark figures, it would be very helpful.

    Jemmy, Dec 16, 2004
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