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by Azul
Sun Sep 23, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Help Me Choose a Retainer
Replies: 15
Views: 793

Re: Help Me Choose a Retainer

Hi there, I am a teeth grinder. My treatment included bonded retainers plus Essix top and bottom retainers. The Essix retainers only last about 4 months because I cracked them due to clenching at night. For that reason I got a pair of Hawley retainers, and a night guard for the top, just for sleepin...
by Azul
Sat Aug 26, 2017 2:30 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Anything you miss about braces?
Replies: 21
Views: 1794

Re: Anything you miss about braces?

After 2.5 years of braces I didnt even notice they were there, I was so comfortable with them that I kind of missed them once they were off. I was very motivated through all the process and I didnt mind the extra year I had to wear them.
by Azul
Sat Aug 26, 2017 2:21 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: What retainers did you have? Do you like them?
Replies: 19
Views: 4386

Re: What retainers did you have? Do you like them?

I got the Essix included in my treatment and paid for the Hawleys as a back up but I ended using more the Hawleys as I felt more comfortable with them. They are also more robust, but it will take sometime to get used to them. The Essix are more discreet but I tend to clench with them all the time an...
by Azul
Sat Aug 26, 2017 2:15 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Grinders and clenchers before braces, what retainer after?
Replies: 4
Views: 2486

Re: Grinders and clenchers before braces, what retainer after?

By my experience so far, I'd say get Hawleys at least for night time wear. You will gradually destroy your Essix retainers. I clench a lot myself and it seems like I clench more with Essix. I still clench with the Hawleys on, but it's a lot less and I won't destroy the retainers if I do. Totally ag...
by Azul
Wed Aug 23, 2017 4:42 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Are Hawleys really effective at all?
Replies: 12
Views: 1453

Re: Are Hawleys really effective at all?

My retainers feel tight but not too much, I feel quite comfortable with them. If yours feel too tight I would tell your ortho.
by Azul
Wed Aug 23, 2017 4:39 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Hawley doesn't allow teeth to touch
Replies: 6
Views: 1966

Re: Hawley doesn't allow teeth to touch

I am able to bite with my retainers. Congratulations, your teeth look great!
by Azul
Tue Aug 22, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Are Hawleys really effective at all?
Replies: 12
Views: 1453

Re: Are Hawleys really effective at all?

I got the standard because I did not have extractions. These Hawleys feel very different and I have some soreness. Maybe it's because my Essix retainers got a little more loose these two weeks. The ortho explained that I won't have any major movement as long as I'm compliant. I still haven't decide...
by Azul
Tue Aug 22, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Are Hawleys really effective at all?
Replies: 12
Views: 1453

Re: Are Hawleys really effective at all?

Are you getting the standard Hawley or the wraparound? I got the wraparound.
by Azul
Tue Aug 22, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: 10 Years After Braces
Replies: 10
Views: 2574

Re: 10 Years After Braces

My lower Essix is only 6 months old and it already has a hole in it. For that reason I ordered a pair of Hawleys. It's been only two weeks and I'm clenching like crazy, so I wouldn't be surprised if mine last 6 months or less. That' s my problem with the Essix, I keep clenching my teeth all the tim...
by Azul
Tue Aug 22, 2017 8:33 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Are Hawleys really effective at all?
Replies: 12
Views: 1453

Re: Are Hawleys really effective at all?

I asked for the Hawleys as a back up but I ended using them more than the Essix. If the wire is not an issue for you I think you will like them.
by Azul
Tue Aug 22, 2017 6:05 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: 10 Years After Braces
Replies: 10
Views: 2574

Re: 10 Years After Braces

My lower Essix is only 6 months old and it already has a hole in it. For that reason I ordered a pair of Hawleys.
by Azul
Tue Aug 22, 2017 5:23 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Are Hawleys really effective at all?
Replies: 12
Views: 1453

Re: Are Hawleys really effective at all?

I was given a set of Essix retainers and had to pay for A set if Hawley retainers, which I prefer. I read several studies that compared the effectiveness of both retainers and there is not significant difference between them. I think that adults are given usually the Essix because they are more disc...
by Azul
Sun Jul 09, 2017 1:56 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Your jail sentence
Replies: 52
Views: 4598

Re: Your jail sentence

Azul wrote:Mine was 18 months and I had them for 30.I didnt want my ortho to take them off until I was 100% happy!
by Azul
Sat Jul 08, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Your jail sentence
Replies: 52
Views: 4598

Re: Your jail sentence

Mine was 18 months and I had them for 24. I didnt want my ortho to take them off until I was 100% happy!
by Azul
Tue Mar 21, 2017 7:19 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: I got retainers
Replies: 13
Views: 1508

Re: I got retainers

My ortho usually gives Essix retainers to patients because they are better aesthetically so people are more compliant wearing them, but I think both types of retainers are good. I personally prefer the Hawley type, I feel more comfortable with them and they are more robust, I dont care about the wire.