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by Felina Grimm
Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Cleaning Clear Retainers
Replies: 4
Views: 1230

Re: Cleaning Clear Retainers

I use denture tablets myself but with the green color and so far, I haven't noticed any discoloration.
by Felina Grimm
Sat Sep 09, 2017 2:18 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Cleaning retainers
Replies: 7
Views: 503

Re: Cleaning retainers

My ortho said to just use water, but my retainers stink so bad. So I use hand soap and a brush very slowly at least once a day and I soak twice a week with denture cleaner for 5 minutes.
by Felina Grimm
Sun Aug 27, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Teeth Shifting several years later
Replies: 6
Views: 1634

Re: Teeth Shifting several years later

Retainer wear is for life, but they do need to be replaced from time to time because they do wear out.
by Felina Grimm
Sun Aug 27, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Teeth Shifting several years later
Replies: 6
Views: 1634

Re: Teeth Shifting several years later

Hm. I've never heard of Essix retainers lasting that long. I was told by my ortho that they should be replaced 6 months to after a year of use because they will wear out and lose strength. I think that is what probably happened to you. Your retainers wore out a long time ago.
by Felina Grimm
Sat Aug 26, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: 6 months smiles braces and I'm not seeing progress? (6 weeks in)
Replies: 8
Views: 853

Re: 6 months smiles braces and I'm not seeing progress? (6 weeks in)

I went to an actual orthodontist. I had braces for 2.9 years. 6 month smiles is a system done by general dentists, not orthodontists.
by Felina Grimm
Sat Aug 26, 2017 11:24 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Anything you miss about braces?
Replies: 21
Views: 1814

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. 2.9 years for me. The only thing I don't miss is all the extr...
by Felina Grimm
Fri Aug 25, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: 6 months smiles braces and I'm not seeing progress? (6 weeks in)
Replies: 8
Views: 853

Re: 6 months smiles braces and I'm not seeing progress? (6 weeks in)

It took 5 months for me to see any significant progress. My teeth were very stubborn and only my bottom incisors noticeably moved those first 5 months. Your teeth might be stubborn as well.
by Felina Grimm
Fri Aug 25, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Grinders and clenchers before braces, what retainer after?
Replies: 4
Views: 2497

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.
by Felina Grimm
Fri Aug 25, 2017 11:23 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: What's your favourite elastic colours?
Replies: 20
Views: 1698

Re: What's your favourite elastic colours?

Black and any of the darker colors, especially for the top arch. They made my teeth look less yellow.
by Felina Grimm
Fri Aug 25, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Tooth moving when flossing
Replies: 9
Views: 939

Re: Tooth moving when flossing

They stabilized, but they were wobbly with some adjustments again. They're wobbly now after I got debonded. I'm hoping they stabilize again. It's only been a little more than two weeks.
by Felina Grimm
Fri Aug 25, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: What retainers did you have? Do you like them?
Replies: 19
Views: 4447

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

I have both Hawley and Essix retainers. I got the Essix by default (every patient gets them with the treatment plan) and bought the Hawleys. I received it a couple of hours after debonding, so I didn't have any major pain. Just a bit of soreness here and there. I got the Hawleys two weeks after debo...
by Felina Grimm
Thu Aug 24, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Tooth moving when flossing
Replies: 9
Views: 939

Re: Tooth moving when flossing

That happened to me, especially because I have some gum recession. Incisors were more wobbly for me than the others.
by Felina Grimm
Thu Aug 24, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Essix Retainers: Bite problems?
Replies: 2
Views: 1008

Re: Essix Retainers: Bite problems?

Essix retainers and some Hawleys don't let the teeth touch. It's the way they are. You're fine. :-)
by Felina Grimm
Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Are Hawleys really effective at all?
Replies: 12
Views: 1476

Re: Are Hawleys really effective at all?

They're fine. I wore the Hawleys to bed and I was able to put on my Essix retainers back on in the morning. I might be using both for now. This way I will have a backup especially while in full-time wear.
by Felina Grimm
Wed Aug 23, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Anything you miss about braces?
Replies: 21
Views: 1814

Re: Anything you miss about braces?

I also miss changing lig colors every adjustment. And this is going to sound weird, but I also miss wearing elastics.