Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Sure Smile 3D Scan

Hi all,

So today I went in to get the Sure Smile 3D computerized scan of my teeth today.  All in all the process took about 2 hours.  They started off by taking the wires old out, which at that point I've had in for almost 8 weeks I think maybe more. One of my brackets on my front left tooth actually fell off so they had to re-glue that back on which took some extra time.  I then saw the orthodontist who went right into shaving a bunch of my teeth and at times it was pretty uncomfortable with some short shots of pain.  I'll post some pictures later but he actually grinded in between the bottom row of my teeth so I now have gaps between them. He didnt really say too much this time around and was on his way.  The girl then did the 3D scan.  Its pretty much exactly as they said in the video in the previous post.  They put this white tingly glue on the teeth and just take pictures and the model shows up on the computer screen.  Its pretty crazy.  She then put on new wires in and also connected elastic ligatures for the first time on both the top and bottom.  My teeth are pretty darn sore. The girl told me I no longer have to wear the rubber band at night since I've now managed to over correct the problem.  Thank God cause it was making it pretty hard to sleep at night.

The biggest and most exciting reason I wanted to post though was because I found out lots more about my time frame and the rest of the process.  My next appointment is 7/11th and I'll bet getting my sure smile wires in.  She said typically most Sure Smile users get at least 2 sets (top and bottom per set) of wires delivered, but those who are having surgery may get more.  I'm not sure if that means I'll have to go back in for another scan or not though I should've asked that.  I have a feeling its completely computerized from this point on.  So after 7/11th, 6 weeks later I'll come back in for my next set which should be around the end of August.  It should take another 6 weeks for that to work which will take me to mid October and I should be pretty much ready.  The girl said if she was betting on it, because I really haven't had that messed up of teeth to begin with, that I should have the surgery sometime in the fall.  They said they would tell me when I need to call the surgeon and set up a pre surgery meeting or whatever you call it within the next two visits.  She said when the surgery does take place it takes about a full 6 weeks to recover.  Then about another 6 months of treatment with the orthodontics and then I should be finished.  Sooooo basically the bottom line out of all of this is I'm right on schedule, if not ahead, to be finished by June 1st of next year or earlier.  Which means only 1 year left! Woohooo!  Crazy to think how fast the first 6 months have gone already.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Sure Smile Scan is Scheduled

Hello readers,

So I just had another ortho appointment this past Monday.  As they told me this meeting was simply to make sure that the wires they put in worked.  To reiterate the top wire was supposed to expand the teeth and the bottom one was supposed to narrow them.  I do feel like my bite is constantly getting better when I bite down it feels more and more like my teeth interlock.  So the orthodondist checked it out and he was said it looks good and I'm all set for the 3D Suresmile scan as soon as possible.  So I got the earliest date for 5/22, not too shabby.  The only other thing he told me I had to start doing was to wear a rubber band at night that would align my midline better.  The cross band basically pulls my top jaw to my left and the bottom jaw to my right.  I think mainly the bottom jaw is supposed to move.  I've only worn them for two nights so far and I've already noticed a difference.  They are really a pain to wear though like you can't lick your lips at night, its a lil tough to breathe cause it keeps your mouth shut for the most part, and the teeth are really sore in the morning.  I hope I only have to do this until the next appointment though but I guess we'll see.

For those of you who are not familiar with what Suresmile is, here is the link again: Suresmile.  Pretty high tech stuff haha.  So from what I've read, it takes about 6-8 weeks after the model is generated to get the wire in.  So that will put me right around the end of June and the beginning of July.  Again from what I've read its pretty much at the discretion of the surgeon at that point to make the call as to when the surgery should take place.  I'm thinking if the Suresmile wires do their job I could be all set by the end of the summer.  I'm curious though if they only make one model and the wires one time and then thats it or do they do it a few times.  They said it takes like 2 hours to make the 3D model so I'd be surprised if they do it more than once.  Plus I really feel like I'm on pace to have this whole thing wrapped up by next June but who knows. To me it doesn't feel like I have a whole lot of movement left to go but who am I to say.

Otherwise no problems with the wires poking or anything.  I've been able to bite down on certain foods, particularly lettuce, again so that's awesome.  Check out the pics below.  I'll post again after the scan to talk about that. Pretty pumped to get it goin!