to November 2003
you can see from my most recent photo in the Photos of my
Braces page, those stubborn lower gaps are FINALLY closing.
Dr. Vogt had taken the power chains off of them for a while,
and I guess that giving the tissue a rest from the extra
pressure did the trick. Last month he put the power chains
back on, and voila, major closure! There is light at the end
of the tunnel! Wow, I'm starting to think about what life will
be like AFTER I get these braces off!
the gaps are completely closed, Dr. Vogt will begin tinkering
with my bite to even things out. I know that it looks like I
have a pretty deep bite at the moment -- overcompensation for
the open bite we are trying to correct. I have every
confidence that Dr. Vogt will give me a good outcome when all
is said and done. And I'm willing to keep the braces on for a
few months longer to make everything as good as possible.
seems that Voy Forums got its act together, and the Metal
Mouth Forum seems (at least on my end) to be performing at a
decent speed. If you think otherwise, please let me know.
been hard at work trying to get the word out about DentaKit.
Recently I put together a press kit that was sent to major
magazines such as Allure, YM, and Men's Health. I'm also doing
a Google AdWords campaign through Christmas. So, if you see
the DentaKit ad on Google or other search engines, remember
that clicking on the ad not only brings you to the DentaKit
site -- it also costs me money (e.g., pay-per-click). So
please don't click just for the heck of it!
while I'm on the subject of shameless promotion, I want to
remind you that DentaKit makes a great stocking stuffer for
any kids or teens you know in braces -- and it's on sale, too!
OK, enough said.
seem to be completely over the pneumonia. It sure took a long
time to resolve -- I thought the cough would never go away!
Within the next few weeks I hope to get back to some regular
exercise (as you may remember, I started a jogging program
during the summer). I haven't been doing anything and I'm
starting to feel like a potato (couch potato, computer
potato...you get the picture...)
are only a few more days to enter the Braces Haiku contest.
Hey guys and gals, I haven't received many entries yet! I KNOW
that there are some poets lurking out there who want to
entertain us! Send in your entry until October 10!
I've got to tell you how proud I am of my older daughter, a
budding musician. She is almost 10 and we have been teaching
her some guitar (just chords, no reading music or anything
terribly formal). Up to yesterday, she has been playing her
little junior-sized acoustic with the 6 or so chords she
knows. She has been writing songs, oh, little girl of my
heart! A chip off the old block! Lately she has been begging
me to play my electric Strat with the effects processor and
the drum machine.
how can I turn down a request like that?
night I plugged her in. She chose her "sound":
grunge guitar. And a beat: rock. And off she went. I was quite
impressed. The kid has rhythm. With her 6 chords, the grunge
effect, and the steady beat, she sounded better than some
bands I've seen. OK, she's my kid and I'm prejudiced, but damn
she astounded me for being so new at it.
younger daughter wants to take drum lessons and learn guitar,
too. Something tells me that in a few years, we'll be clearing
out the garage and putting some acoustic tiles on the walls so
the neighbors don't complain. And then our household will be
"The Partridge Family Meets Freaky Friday."
adjustment this week, and OUCH! Dr. Vogt upgraded my lower
arch wire to a thicker stainless steel model. He did this
because my lower gaps are almost closed, and he needs to start
moving my bottom teeth outward. As you can see from my most
current photo, (on the Photos page) they are tipping inward a bit and my bite is
very deep. He assured me that when we're all done, the bite
will be corrected and everything will be fine. Anyway, the
stainless steel arch wire "gives" less and will
better encourage the teeth to move outward.
wants me to continue using the elastics, because they will
also help move the teeth into a more desirable position.
Interestingly, I don't have a power chain on the bottom this
month. I suppose the new arch wire is enough pressure at the
ouch, I'm on a soft food diet once again. Protein shakes,
yogurt, soup, etc. for me. Pretty soon it will be my
birthday (43; it's NOT POSSIBLE) and hopefully by then I'll be
able to enjoy a nice dinner and not just some soft cake!
had wanted glow-in-the-dark ligatures and power chains, but
Dr. Vogt doesn't have them waaaah! Everyone on the Forum has been
raving about how the glow ligatures resist stains. I really
want to try some. Well by now I have a lot of contacts at the
various companies, so I plan to get Dr. Vogt some samples so
he can try them on me and few other patients! For now, I'm
sticking with the smoke color, which is virtually invisible.
weeks after getting my last adjustment, a wire started poking
at the back of the top right arch. OK, I'm glad that things
are moving, but it's so darned inconvenient to have to drop
everything and run over to get it clipped. That's why it's so
important to choose an ortho close to your home or work -- you
just never know when you'll need to go there on a moment's
Dr. Vogt likes the progress my teeth are making with the new
heavier arch wire on the bottom. My bite is definitely
changing again. The lower teeth were tipping in, but now they
are being nudged forward, which is improving the bite
significantly. Sometimes when I chew a certain way,
I hear that SCREETCH of one tooth scraping on the other (or
maybe it's scraping on a bracket -- I really can't tell). Uugh,
I HATE that!
been wearing the elastics regularly. Between all of this
stuff, new little gaps are opening up here and there, which is
to be expected, I suppose.
Friday I spent the day in San Francisco at the American Dental
Association (ADA)'s annual conference and trade show. As you
might expect, it was HUGE! Every dental company you've ever
heard of was there. For me, it was very informational.
saw many interesting new products, including many helpful TMJ/TMD
devices. I plan to write about some of these next month and
provide links for you.
of the most fun products I saw at the convention was actually
for kids. A couple of enterprising woman here in the SF Bay
area came up with the idea for NoteNiks,
a positive "cool" note for parents to put in their
kids' lunchboxes. They expanded to a line of notes for
teachers to give out to their students.
Now they are a
expanding again with a dental line. Obviously, they are
selling that to dentists. But those of you with kids might want to check
out their lunchbox line;
their products are really nice, and priced affordably. They do
fund raisers for schools, too.
a final word on the pneumonia I had this summer: I saw the
doctor, had another chest x-ray, and yes, I'm completely over
it. No more coughing or anything. FINALLY! A couple of weeks
ago I had a flu shot in one arm and a pneumonia shot in the
other. The pneumonia shot hurt like hell for about 3 days --
seriously, I couldn't believe how much it hurt; my entire
upper arm was killing me so much, you'd think I had a bullet
wound there or something! Now I'm on a very aggressive regimen
of vitamins to help ensure that my immune system stays strong
through the winter. After what I've been through, I
deserve to stay healthy!
have been pretty quiet on the braces front for me this month,
which is why I haven't written much.
I had another
adjustment and we're continuing with the same arch wires
(stronger one on bottom and no power chain). I had samples of
the pearlescent power chain that Glenroe makes, and a sample
of some glow-in-the-dark ligatures. So we put the pearlescent
power chains on top, and the glow ligatures on the bottom.
far, I've eaten curry twice and I must say, both the products
hold up pretty well to staining. Yes, they did stain somewhat,
but not as badly as the other chains and ligatures had
stained. I still think I prefer the smoke-colored power chain
in this regard, because it never actually looks yellow no
matter how much curry you eat.
are a couple of photos to help you compare:
eating curry, and...
eating curry twice and brushing a few times. The power chains
and ligatures are a bit yellow, especially at the sides of my
mouth. But it isn't too noticable. Certainly not as yellow as
regular white power chains or ligatures would get with curry!
very pleased with the progress that my bottom teeth are making
in coming forward. The overbite is less than it was a few
months ago. That new arch wire, combined with the elastics, is
really doing a great job. I plan to post a new
"progress" photo in January -- my two year mark!
had put a query out on the Forum a few weeks ago regarding ads
on ArchWired, and got a very positive response, so thank you
to all who replied.
have been considering putting some static low-annoyance type
ads on the first page of ArchWired. The reason I want to do
this is to help defray hosting costs for the site. You have my
promise that there will never be any pop-ups or annoying
animated ads on this site. I really hate those. And the ads
that run will be specifically dental related -- either dental
companies, products, services, or dental professionals.
you have a dental-related product or service and are
interested in advertising, please contact me.
plan to start running ads on ArchWired either next month or in
January. The ads will run on top as banners, on the side to
the right of the News section, and on the bottom as banners.
I finally started jogging again, after taking a break because
of that pneumonia I got in August. It feels so great to get
back out there and get some good exercise! I'm starting out
slowly, but expect to be back to where I left off in a couple
would like to wish all of our American readers a Happy
Thanksgiving. May all your turkey be softly cooked!