of Kevin in Michigan, USA
is 45, a husband and father of 2 teen boys, 18 and 14. Kevin
decided to get his braces to correct bite problems, crowding
and in order to keep them for the long haul.
coffee (and he roasts his own), kayaking (flatwater and surf),
snorkeling, scuba diving, camping, hiking, hunting, rock
climbing, and geocaching.
braces only, 2 days after banding (2/2003)
braces after two months (4/2003)
months of treatment, the bottom teeth are bracketed and wired.
month later, Kevin's bottom teeth are starting to look better.
2003 -- Way to go, Kevin! Those choppers are looking terrific!
has been a while since Kevin submitted a photo, and now he is
done! His teeth look terrific!
is what Kevin had to say about the conclusion of his
"At the beginning we
figured we'd be finished by September of 2004. However I have
long roots (my ortho says that's a good thing!) and some teeth
required inward torquing to get them to where they needed to
be at the finish and this was taking longer than expected.
"Remember my top braces
went on first and the bottom ones 4 months later. Removal of
the top braces occurred in March 2005 but in order to keep
applying the torque to the lateral incisor which took MONTHS
to get into final position we decided on an Invisalign type of
retainer rather than a Hawley. The Hawley would not have been
able to apply this type of torque. In fact the torque was so
high that I was in the largest arch wire that he had and the
wire kept shattering the clear ceramic brackets. So much so
that we ended up going with metal brackets on 3 teeth (in the
photos right of midline) left incisor, left lateral incisor
and canine. In order to get the steel to stick and stay bonded
he had to untorque the wire each time the switch from ceramic
to metal was made. I was visiting the ortho every two weeks at
this point and the treatment took an additional 6 weeks. This
lateral incisor was a SLOOOOW moving tooth!
"Meanwhile the lowers
were posing problems of their own. The last three months were
in power chains to keep things in place in preparation for
finish, but in the last weeks they had a mind of their own and
required re-alignment into the arch for a good finish.
"The decision to go with
the invisalign type of retainer (editor's note: usually
this is called an Essix Retainer) had more to do with the
undesirability of a bonded wire down there than anything, but
I have to say these retainers are very comfortable and fit
like a fine glove.
"I'm wearing them 18 to
20 hours a day and I will say that on a weekend when I'm doing
something and forget to put the top back in right away after
eating and brushing I can tell that the retainer is pulling
the teeth back into line. WEAR YOUR RETAINERS!
now on a 4-6 week checkup schedule to check the fit of the
retainers. I'll be requesting a little more cosmetic leveling
of the bottom teeth on my next visit, but since this involves
grinding it must be done a little at a time in order to allow
the enamel to regenerate over the ground down area. As you can
see some shaping has been performed already when I had my
removal visits. (ed: The reshaping you've already had done
looks great, Kevin!)
"It is so wonderful to
not have things get stuck when I eat now and to be able to
floss without threaders!
Best regards, Kevin."