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by TimSeattle
Tue Jan 04, 2011 11:05 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Every night for the rest of my life?
Replies: 27
Views: 7632

Re: Every night for the rest of my life?

I wear my retainers every night and my teeth haven't moved in four years. Just as important as keeping your teeth straight, good hygiene is essential to avoid cavities and gum disease. Since getting braces, I'm obsessive about brushing and flossing. I also avoid soft drinks and sugary snacks, which ...
by TimSeattle
Tue Jan 04, 2011 10:47 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: essix retainer cracked after 5 mths?
Replies: 5
Views: 19252

Re: essix retainer cracked after 5 mths?

I've had Essix retainers for four years that are still in good shape. I talked to someone at the ortho office who was on her 7th year with the same Essix retainers.
by TimSeattle
Sat Nov 27, 2010 8:26 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Need Essix Suggestions
Replies: 3
Views: 1823

I had the same problem. Your ortho can trim the Essix retainer so it is more comfortable.
by TimSeattle
Thu Sep 09, 2010 10:15 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: open contacts(gaps in molars) after braces
Replies: 1
Views: 2049

I had a couple of small gaps, noticed by my dentist, that were corrected by the orthodontist after my dentist phoned her about it. This is a concern that your dentist should have professionally addressed with the orthodontist. He/she should not have told you as something to tell your orthodontist. T...
by TimSeattle
Sun Sep 05, 2010 11:09 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Question- gradually reducing amount of retainer-wear time
Replies: 7
Views: 3206

Here are the standard wear times for retainers that I found when I was getting my braces off: 1-3 months - 24 hours/day 4-6 months - every night 7-12 months - wear every other night 13-18 months- 3 nights per week 19-24 months - 2 nights per week >24 months - approximately 3 hours per week (30 minut...
by TimSeattle
Mon Aug 09, 2010 2:43 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: Essix as Whitening Tray
Replies: 13
Views: 13374

I used the Essix retainers for applying whitening gel (medium strength).It worked well. If I overfilled with gel, I got gum burn, so learned to put a smaller drop on each tooth position, with no further problems. Theoretically, you could get some streaking, but I had no problem with this. I've also ...
by TimSeattle
Thu Jul 15, 2010 5:33 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: essix retainer cleaning and wear time
Replies: 5
Views: 5162

Once a week should be sufficient. That's what I've been doing ever since I got retainers by recommendation of my ortho.
by TimSeattle
Thu Jul 15, 2010 5:32 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: essix retainer cleaning and wear time
Replies: 5
Views: 5162

Once a week should be sufficient. That's what I've been doing ever since I got retainers by recommendation of my ortho.
by TimSeattle
Tue Jul 13, 2010 8:59 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: How nervous should I be?
Replies: 5
Views: 1561

It cheered me to read that everything went so well with your debanding. Sounds like you have a wonderful orthodontist and ortho assistant who took care of you so well! Now you can go out there and show off your smile.
by TimSeattle
Tue Jul 13, 2010 12:15 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: essix retainer cleaning and wear time
Replies: 5
Views: 5162

I've had the same set of plastic retainers for three years (the front desk person at the ortho office has had the same set for seven years). What I do is to rinse them well in cool water each morning, and if I have time clean them with a drop of liquid soap on a damp cotton swab. Because I wear them...
by TimSeattle
Tue Jul 13, 2010 11:37 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: How long did you...
Replies: 36
Views: 10169

I wore my retainers 24/7 for 3 months, then nighttime only, every night ever since (now 3 years)
by TimSeattle
Tue Jul 13, 2010 11:33 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: How nervous should I be?
Replies: 5
Views: 1561

I understand your concerns and would express them to your ordondontist. I had a few concerns with my teeth when I was debanded (mostly functional rather than cosmetic issues) and let my doc know. She was able to address some things and what could not be fixed, she explained why it couldn't be change...
by TimSeattle
Fri Jul 09, 2010 11:23 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: One-Year Anniversary
Replies: 2
Views: 1409

Another update: I'm one of the original members here and am glad to see that Archwired is still going strong and offering so much information and support to those in braces. I've been out of braces for three--count 'em--years now and wear my retainers every night. My teeth are still handsomely strai...
by TimSeattle
Sun Mar 16, 2008 1:57 pm
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: One-Year Anniversary
Replies: 2
Views: 1409

One-Year Anniversary

I just celebrated my one-year anniversary of being out of braces. I still wear Essix plastic retainers every night. My teeth are still in good shape and in the same good alignment. For anyone new to this, or unsure of the outcome, or frustrated by your progress, hang in there. Four years after I mad...
by TimSeattle
Sun Apr 22, 2007 11:50 am
Forum: The Naked Tooth (Retainers and Life After Braces)
Topic: How long to wear retainers 24/7
Replies: 19
Views: 7374

How long to wear retainers 24/7

I did a search at Archwired and Google and there seems to be a wide variance in recommended times to wear retainers day and night after debanding. 24/7 for a year is the longest recommended time I've found (Dr Randall on the AsktheDoc forum), and have seen as short a time as a month. The orthodontic...