to May 2005
As you can
see, the main page of ArchWired was re-designed slightly to
make it less cluttered. I've been meaning to do this for many
months, and finally got around to it. Hopefully everything
"works" as it did before. If you find any broken or
incorrect links, or if it looks weird on your browser, please let
week was Spring Break, but we didn't go anywhere. We're still
recovering from spending those two weeks in Europe/the UK at
the end of February! Mainly my kids and I stayed home and hung
out, went to the movies, and did some outdoor activities as
weather permitted. I made them clean their rooms, LOL -- I
told them they were spending the day at Clean Your Room Camp!
Hubby did not have the week off.
for me -- well when you run your own business, you never
really are "off" from it. But I took the opportunity
to get a lot of annoying chores done around the house. When
you have kids and lead such a fast life, little things begin
to pile up. Like papers. And laundry. And a million little
tasks you keep putting off. And I keep wanting to continue
learning to play bass, but can't seem to get into the frame of
mind to devote the time to it. My brain's CPU needs to be
upgraded so I can multi-task on more levels, LOL. In the mean
time, I'll just turn up the latest Chili Peppers album and
listen to Flea play his bass. Maybe some of it will
seeing a cosmetic dermatologist later this month about the
scar on my shoulder. It doesn't really hurt anymore (had it
shot with cortisone a couple of months ago), but it looks
awful -- part keloid, red, and kind of bruised. With the warm
weather coming, I'd feel better if it looked less angry. I've
tried various creams and patches, but they don't seem to make
any difference. This particular doctor was recommended by my
physical therapist. He said that several of his patients were
very pleased with this dermatologist.
daughter, who is almost 12, made me very happy last month. She
asked me to buy her an album: Green Day's American Idiot.
Finally, she is outgrowing teeny pop! Thank God! I was a
little older than her when I got my first "cool"
album: Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy. (That really
dates me, doesn't it?) I truthfully don't think she
understands the lyrics in the Green Day album, but she likes
the music. OK, that's a start. Maybe soon she'll stop
complaining when I pick her up from school with the Strokes
blasting from my minivan...
long-awaited final process has begun! Late last month, I got a
lower molar filling changed from amalgam (metal) to composite
(tooth-colored). As I've mentioned previously, I decided to do
this for cosmetic reasons because you can see the fillings
when I smile, as they spill to the outside of the tooth. In
the past this wasn't a problem, but since my ortho treatment,
(and pre-molar extractions), everything moved forward, making
those fillings very noticeable when I smile.
really don't like getting fillings done. Well, who does? I
hate the Novocain shot, and having my mouth propped open for
an hour. But in the name of vanity, I put up with it.
Actually, this is more than vanity. I did have a slight gap
between the molar and the next tooth, in which food often got
caught. One hour later, the tooth looked great and the gap was
gone! You can't even see that there is a filling in that
molar, and food isn't getting caught between those teeth
up later this month: a similar procedure on the other side of
my mouth with two bottom molar fillings and gap resolutions.
And then, the long-awaited bonding on a few of my upper teeth,
where there are still a couple of annoying little gaps. Then I
will be done (I hope) for a long, long time!
Vogt told me to come in for a retainer adjustment after the
bonding. No doubt, things will be a little different.
took a few "before" photos and promise to post some
"before and after" photos either later this month or
in the June site update.
cosmetic dermatologist was great. He did a laser treatment on
my shoulder scar. Of course it looked awful at first, but now
it's better, and I can tell that when it is completely healed,
it will look really good. In addition to the laser, he
injected an organic material into a few places to even out the
surface of the scar in relation to the surrounding skin. I
have to wear the Neosporin silicone patch on the scar for
several months (annoying and unexpected), but I'm looking
forward to being done with this, already. I continue to have
something like 98% mobility in the arm and shoulder (which
isn't bad, considering the surgery and months of physical
therapy). None of the cosmetic dermatology stuff will be
covered by my insurance. It costs about $800, but it will be
well worth it. I'm fine with having a scar -- I just don't
want it to look as incredibly ugly has it had been.
of mobility -- I took my first cardio kickboxing class last
week. What a blast it was! And was I sore the next day!
Phew! I really loved it, and plan to continue going, following
through on my New Years resolutions to stay in good
this month, ArchWired and DentaKit are going to the big trade
show for the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), at
Moscone Center in San Francisco! I have a booth (number 125 if
you are a dental professional and want to drop by), and Maggie
Harris from Harris Labs will be there with her book I
Lost My Retainer. As you can imagine, I have been
extremely busy preparing for this show. Orthodontists and
dentists from around the world attend this huge annual
meeting. I'll be posting photos either later this month or in
next month's update.
month, I added a new product to the DentaKit line: Retainer
Brite cleaning tablets. I've been using this product
myself for a few months with my Hawley retainers, and I really
like it. It can be used for Hawley and Essix retainers,
aligners, and various plastic and metal appliances that don't
have metal solder points. I'm also offering a neat little
battery-operated sonic cleaner. Check it out if you have a chance.
thought I'd say it: My Teeth Are Done!
week I had the second lower molar filling changed to
composite, and then I had some bonding done on the upper
teeth. I am so pleased with the final result!
was a really good decision to get those molar fillings
changed. First of all, now when I smile you don't see two huge
silver fillings on each side of my mouth. Moreover, food does
not get caught between the molars at all anymore, which is
such a relief! Changing those fillings made a huge difference,
and to me, it almost looks like a whole new smile!
bonding went really well. It is extremely subtle. My regular
dentist did the work. He widened the two upper laterals
(second teeth from the very front). This improved their aesthetics,
but also helped close some small but bothersome gaps that had
developed post-braces. He also bonded one additional tooth to
help close a small functional gap.
now I have straight teeth and no gaps whatsoever. Dr. Vogt was
very impressed with my dentist's bonding technique -- and I
must admit, so am I.
saw Dr. Vogt immediately after the bonding to adjust my Hawley
retainer, because now it fits slightly differently.
are some "before and after" photos:
Notice the dark silver fillings in the two lower molars. The
laterals (second top teeth from the front) have small gaps
beside them that are difficult to see in this photo, but food
often got caught between them.
If you saw me in person and looked really carefully you might
realize that there are fillings in those lower molars,
but for the most part they are rather invisible. The laterals
have been widened, giving them a slightly squarer
in the end, they look great, but I know that they
are far from perfect. My midline is still slightly off, I have
Fluorodosis stains, and the lower front gum has receded
slightly (I may need some grafting done to fix it). However,
from the beginning I knew that I wouldn't wind up with a 100%
perfect smile. I never wanted "Chicklet teeth," I
just wanted my smile to be improved. And considering what it
used to look like (below), I have come a long, long way!
will be at the American Association of Orthodontics annual
convention/trade show for the next four days. Today we went to
set up our booth. It is a huge show, and every orthodontic
company you've ever heard of is there, of course: GAC, Align
Technologies (Invisalign), Ormco, 3M-Unitek, all sorts of
suppliers, distributors, dealers, manufacturers -- the whole
enchilada. Jay Leno is the master of the opening ceremonies,
and Terry Bradshaw is a keynote speaker! Mrs. Fields is even
there as a motivational speaker. Fortunately, the rain has
finally stopped here in San Francisco, so everyone will have
booth is raffling off an iPod mini, but that's small potatoes
next to another large company, which is raffling off a new BMW
3 Series (parked right in the middle of the exhibit hall
post a few photos and give a little report when the show is
finished. It is going to be a fun -- and tiring -- four days!