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Old 07-22-2011, 11:05 AM   #61
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And if they say they can fix my issues great but then the next issue would be to find the money to pay for it.
Yeah, I used my carecredit. Without it, I would not have been able to afford the treatment. And even the monthly payments are rather hefty for us, but I am glad I did it anyway. My insurance would not pay for it either as I am past 23.
If you can, consider waiting a little and see if it gets better on its own. In the menatime, you can always go for free orthodontic consultations to figure out your issues (if at all) and the treatment cost and duration. You definitely can share your pain with them and see what they have to say.

 
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Re: New to all this/ still waiting to see a specialist.

Oh how I love my carecredit card. The only problem with that is that, honestly I am not sure how much I have left available on it. With using it with my last dentist before moving here for "limited evaluations" and then putting out puppy down last year.

I don't think it is just going to go away. Especially considering I have been dealing with it for two years and it is still here. I go to bed every night hoping that when I wake up it will all be gone. I am doing my research right now on the different Orthodontist in my area. Along with the ones that I would have to drive to.

 
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Re: New to all this/ still waiting to see a specialist.

Unfortunately, I think you are right - it will probably take years to "burn away" on its own. Hello chronic pain, and at 29 - it is no fun (at least to me anyway).
As I already mentioned, my pains lessened substantially after approximately 3 weeks in braces, so I am not sure if braces helped or what, but might be worse giving it a try! From what I know, we have very similar symptoms and what helped me, might help you as well. Keep your chin up, and don't give up no matter what. Your family needs you more than anything!

 
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I hate that you are still stuggling to find answers. I know how chronic pain can affect your daily life. It is a cycle that is hard to break. And then the worry and stress about the pain can create added pain. Round and round... Then, depending on the reason for TMJ, lack of insurance coverage adds insult in injury. Argh-I'm stress for you!

I hope you can find some answers. Keep pushing until you can find someone to help. I can't wait to see a post about how much things have improved. I hope to see it soon!

 
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Old 11-21-2011, 12:39 AM   #65
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Re: New to all this/ still waiting to see a specialist.

For all those that were showing support on my journey. I thank you. I am not sure if I have updated this in a while. I did go and see a TMJ specialist and was told that it wasn't TMJ. Was told that my bite was off enough to cause me the pain and if I wasn't wearing my night guard, it could have possibly gotten worse. Was told that I just needed braces to fix the issue. I met up with the orthodontist and confirmed that my bite was off and needed to be fixed. I have spent the last few months trying to find ways to get the money to pay for the braces and finally we were approved for a loan. Now just waiting on the money to get into my account so I can make the first appointment. Now I am just kinda scared and nervous because I am 29 year old and I feel like I am going back into time to when I was 16 again and had my braces on the first time.

Again thank you all for your support and understanding!!!!!!!

 
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Re: New to all this/ still waiting to see a specialist.

Congratulations on your loan. I'm 41 and used some of my retirement to pay for braces to fix my bite. I'm almost 3 months into my braces journey. I have upper braces right now. The lower ones may go on in a couple months... a bit ahead of schedule.

This is my first journey into the braces thing, but so far it hasn't been as bad as I imagined. The braces themselves have been fine. I was really sore and had to eat carefully because my teeth moved so much the first month, but it is much better now.

I'm in self-ligating braces which I think are a great option for adults. They are a bit more expensive though.

My biggest thing is getting through the phases as my teeth adjust. I had to stop wearing my nighttime splint and I've been bruxing like crazy in my sleep. Apparently my subconscious is trying to find a good bite which isn't there yet. I'm hopeful that the bruxing will slow down as my teeth find better positioning.

I wish you well as you get your braces on.

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Dear Armywife2007,

If it is not the TMJ, another option that you may want to have looked at is your neck (like get an MRI). The facial pain that you describe could be attributed to trigger points or other problems at the 2nd to 4th cervical vertebra. Could be as simple as trigger points. I am concerned that you are have shooting pains down your arm. This could be from either trigger points along the top of the shoulder blade, or due to nerve rout impingement. Only an MRI will pick up the nerve root impingement.

I truly hope that it is not your neck, as that can sometimes be worse than TMJ. Fortunately, there are pain management techniques that can be used without resorting to surgery, and your best bet is a pain management physician.

Wishing you the best on your journey!

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Well, again Thank you all so much. Tomorrow is the big day where I go and have my first appointment at the orthodontist. I am really scared, not really because of the braces, but of what they are going to find on the xrays when they take them. Even though the last set of x-rays that were taken, the dentist said that everything was fine, I am still scared to death. I know I am worried for nothing (or at least I hope I am) but still in the back of my mind I am thinking it is something worse. Please say a pray or wish me luck for tomorrows appointment! Thank you all again, Your support meant so much to me!!!!

 
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good luck armywife. Let us all know how it goes.

 
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Re: New to all this/ still waiting to see a specialist.

Armywife...

Good Luck and don't be scared! Like Pam said… Think of this as a journey. You are taking the right steps to find the root of your problem and NOT knowing is a lot more nerve racking than knowing.

And remember we are ALL pulling for you!

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Re: New to all this/ still waiting to see a specialist.

Just got home from my appointment and come to find out my bite is really bad. I have a class II on the right and a class I on the right. I get spacers on the 27 of February and then braces go on March 5th. He said I would also have to wear an appliance on the left to pull my jaw back. Thank you for all your prayers and best wishes

 
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Re: New to all this/ still waiting to see a specialist.

I think it is great that you now have a plan of action to move forward in your treatment.

What type of braces will you be getting? Will you be in regular or self-ligating?

How long is the orthodontist anticipating your full treatment will take?

Did your dentist go through the estimated time frames for the various stages of your treatment?

Wishing you well in your treatment,

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Re: New to all this/ still waiting to see a specialist.

I wish I could answer your question Mountian Reader. He is going to get the treatment plan and then at my next appointment go over it with me. I know that my treatment will at least 18 months.

 
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Re: New to all this/ still waiting to see a specialist.

Ahh... I thought that this was the appointment where they discussed things with you.

Records appointments are great because they allow us to ask all the questions we have and make sure we are completely on the same page as the orthodontist about what our treatment will look like. Keep us posted after you have yours. Everybody has different needs and our treatments are different due to that.

If you get a choice, I highly recommend getting self-ligating braces. In discussing the pros and cons with my orthodontist, the pros for the self-ligating braces far outweighed the regular ones for me. These braces have done wonders in just 4 months in helping develop my arch. The maintenance and follow-up visits are much easier with them as well. There are various systems of self-ligating braces. I'm in the Damon system.

Of course, my treatment is different from the start since I haven't gotten my lowers yet. I'm in my uppers with my repositioning splint for a couple more months until my upper arch is fully where it needs to be before I begin adjusting my lower arch to get my bite in the right place. I've been doing molar eruption with brackets on my lower molars and using elastics though. I'm in braces for 2 years... and my teeth were fairly straight to begin with. The bite adjustments take the time. I'm a bit ahead of schedule though so hopefully that trend will continue.

Keep us posted on how your records appointment goes.

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Old 02-18-2012, 09:42 PM   #75
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Can't believe it is almost time for me to get my braces put on. 9 more days until I am in spacers and the one week later the braces go on. I am relieved and scared all at the same time. I am so thankful that someone was able to say what was going on with my mouth and why I was in so much pain, and how it can be fixed. But at the same time I am scared because all the what if's. What if, this doesn't fix it. What if, they are moved to quickly and I then develop root re-absorption. What if, everything just gets screwed up even more. What if, What if, What if.

 
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