It turns out that my initial visit on the 13th to get my spacers in and the follow-up visit on the 17th to get one replaced were unnecessary. Because my bottom back teeth are set too far back into my cheek tissue, they weren’t able to get bands around them, and opted instead for brackets on the bottom and top molars (?). So now the brackets are digging little holes into my cheeks and they hurt even worse than when the other ones went on, but I’m being diligent about the wax, so hopefully my cheeks will adapt soon. Dr. D. warned me to watch my back second molar, though, because it has shifted significantly and is so out of position that he’s concerned that it may pull my first molar out of alignment along with it. Right now, my first molars on the top and bottom are overlapping well, so I have to make sure they stay that way. As always, I took pictures for documentation purposes, but more so this time so I’ll be able to tell more easily if the first molar gets the second molar back into position, or if the opposite occurs. If that happens, I’ll have to go back in and get either the wire removed from that back tooth, or I’ll have to start wearing the dreaded rubber bands to pull it into alignment (I already forgot).

October 20, 2003. Uncategorized. No Comments.

I had another appointment with Dr. D. this morning to get four more spacers put in so they can band my back molars next week. Dr. D. did receive the letter from Dr. G. after they faxed it over, and my doctors finally met last Wednesday. I was afraid it wouldn’t go very well, because Dr. G. certainly seemed frustrated with the lack of communication the last time I was in to see him. However, it seemed to go all right, and so the plan is still for Dr. D. to level out my teeth before the surgery, which should take about six months. After that, he’ll do more molds, I’ll take them over to see if Dr. G. approves of my progress, and if so, then we’ll be able to proceed with surgery. It’s just hard to be patient with this whole process, since I just want to speed the whole thing up and get it over with, especially before CareFirst changes their mind. I think Dr. D.’s attitude has also improved toward working with Dr. G., since he was so impressed with Dr. G.’s ability to get CareFirst to approve treatment that he’s already referred another patient to him. I figure that if he’s referring more people to him, it must mean that he’s more willing to work with him than he seemed at first. Besides my current discomfort from my new spacers, the braces haven’t been so bad yet. In fact, I can already see a marked improvement on my right side, since my second bicuspid had collapsed inwards a bit, and it’s already straightened back up again. All the teeth on my right up to the cuspids are now touching, which is the first time that’s happened for at least a year or two.

October 13, 2003. Uncategorized. No Comments.