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by KUMonkeyMomma
Sat Sep 15, 2012 1:47 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Teeth movement even with retainers?
Replies: 1
Views: 1911

Teeth movement even with retainers?

Hi all! I did invisalign and finished about a year and half ago. When I got done I also had some cosmetic work done (bonding to reshape teeth and gingivectomy) so my dentist did the retainers right in the office (I think those are essix retainers since the vivera are the ones right from invisalign i...
by KUMonkeyMomma
Sun May 06, 2012 6:06 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: How long did you wear your retainers?
Replies: 3
Views: 2627

Re: How long did you wear your retainers?

I was also told for life - pretty much as long as I want my teeth the way they are now post invisalign. If I get too old to care what they look like or get dementia and forget to wear them (and at that point maybe wouldn't care/remember what they looked like anyhow LOL) that's when I'll stop wearing...
by KUMonkeyMomma
Sun Jan 22, 2012 8:24 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Retainer hurts my gums!
Replies: 5
Views: 19401

Re: Retainer hurts my gums!

Some orthos/dentists, etc take the time to make sure they are cut around the teeth or at least shorter and smooth, etc if they come in rough or too "tall", etc. I used invisalign for my braces and used my regular dentist as he was an authorized invisalign provider and had been with him for over 10 y...
by KUMonkeyMomma
Sat Jan 21, 2012 12:14 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: 1980s attitudes about retention
Replies: 18
Views: 6714

Re: 1980s attitudes about retention

In the mid 80's I had braces as a teen for about 3 years to correct an overbite and overjet (buck teeth). I wore braces, elastics and headgear (omg how I hated that contraption). Once they were off when I turned 17 I did the retainer at night for 2 years, after which point my ortho told me I didn't ...
by KUMonkeyMomma
Tue Jul 26, 2011 12:21 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: start of a crack in my essix
Replies: 1
Views: 1632

Re: start of a crack in my essix

Mine has a small crack right on my front tooth - like you, even when I grind at night it'd be on my back teeth, not front. I just got new impressions today to get a new top retainer made. The molds from my last ones broke when they made the retainer. I didn't get mine from invisalign because I had s...
by KUMonkeyMomma
Wed Jul 20, 2011 8:41 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Essix retainer question
Replies: 1
Views: 2545

Essix retainer question

I have 2 really small splits in my essix retainer (top) - and I had this same issue with some of my aligners as well. I called about getting a new one and am waiting for a call back - I'm assuming they can use my molds from when I finished treatment to make new ones. I'm wondering if essix retainers...
by KUMonkeyMomma
Mon Jul 04, 2011 5:42 am
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: Finished a year ago, worried about teeth moving back
Replies: 5
Views: 2782

Re: Finished a year ago, worried about teeth moving back

I wondered about this too. I got one set of retainers that was made by my dentist (not invisalign) as when I finished treatment I had a bunch of cosmetic stuff done - bonding, changed a filling, gingivecomy on 2 teeth, etc so there was no way my last tray would have fit until one came in from invisa...
by KUMonkeyMomma
Thu Jun 09, 2011 5:01 pm
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: New; 2 more questions; weird shaped teeth & baby tooth
Replies: 1
Views: 1687

Re: New; 2 more questions; weird shaped teeth & baby tooth

My two front teeth are bigger than the ones beside them - and the two on the right side were shorter than the left due to an incident with monkey bars when I was little that was never fixed. The gum line on those 2 teeth were also lower than the other 2. While invisalign straightened them, etc they ...
by KUMonkeyMomma
Thu Jun 09, 2011 4:55 pm
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: I'm 51, husband thinks I'm too old for braces.
Replies: 39
Views: 7840

Re: I'm 51, husband thinks I'm too old for braces.

I'm 41 and just got done with my invisalign journey. Never too old in my book!
by KUMonkeyMomma
Tue May 31, 2011 4:56 am
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: starving versus overbrushing/flossing
Replies: 5
Views: 3153

Re: starving versus overbrushing/flossing

I tended to be a grazer and have 3 small meals per day and a few snacks rather than 3 big meals. Instead of the snacks, I'd eat more at meals or eat a small dessert/snack after the meal. This way I was only brushing 4 times a day (first thing in the AM and then after the 3 eating sessions). I will a...
by KUMonkeyMomma
Sat May 28, 2011 10:04 am
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: invisalign and overbite
Replies: 4
Views: 5236

Re: invisalign and overbite

I had both an overbite and an overjet (buck teeth). I had traditional braces as a teen, in which they removed one molar from each side on top to make room to bring my teeth back as far as possible. At the time I was told that because of jaw size/structure, they couldn't entirely get rid of the overb...
by KUMonkeyMomma
Mon May 23, 2011 3:47 pm
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: Freaking out! HELP!
Replies: 8
Views: 3388

Re: Freaking out! HELP!

I wouldn't worry either - the worst that will happen if you don't wear them long enough per day is that when you switch to your next tray it won't fit or be really tight and you'll have to wear your current aligner an extra week - or very worse case, have new impressions done and do what they call a...
by KUMonkeyMomma
Sun May 08, 2011 8:02 am
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: First Post & Ready for Invisalign :)
Replies: 6
Views: 2474

Re: First Post & Ready for Invisalign :)

Congrats on taking the plunge! For cleaning what I did was brush them with the toothbrush/paste after I brushed my teeth (I use a soft toothbrush, so didn't need a different one for the trays, but if you use a med or firm bristled brush you would want a softer one for the trays) during the day and t...
by KUMonkeyMomma
Fri Apr 29, 2011 5:14 am
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: New Member Question
Replies: 4
Views: 1538

Re: New Member Question

If it were me I would stick with tray 18 - as you said you'll likely have it out a bit more on vacation (I know I tended to wear mine less on special days/holidays or when away, etc). Plus depending on what the attachment is meant to do to that tooth, placing the attachment on partway through wearin...
by KUMonkeyMomma
Thu Apr 28, 2011 3:59 pm
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: New Member Question
Replies: 4
Views: 1538

Re: New Member Question

Do you see any places in the new uppers for attachments that you don't currently have? Anytime I had an extra thinner tray with my aligners it was the template for the dentist to put on a new attachment. They use the thinner flimsy tray to place/shape the attachment so that they don't risk breaking ...