Never wear retainer during the day???

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Ambrosia80
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Never wear retainer during the day???

#1 Post by Ambrosia80 »

I just went to pick up my essix, and was told to only wear them at night, and *not* to wear them during the day. Has anyone ever heard of that before? I thought everyone had to wear them 24/7 at first. Should I do it anyway?
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NeilH
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#2 Post by NeilH »

I would be really interested to know the reasons behind this instruction. I understood everyone starts with full time wear for a while and slowly reduces wear time to nights only over a course of months.

samoorelaw
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#3 Post by samoorelaw »

I would wear it longer. I was told to wear them 24/7 for three months. I was given the clear to switch to 10 hours a day for the upper retainer only but I still wear it longer than that. I'm concerned about not wearing my retainer for 4 days when I get my 8 crowns in a month!
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Permanent 8 crowns front 8 teeth (upper) January 30, 2015

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jem
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#4 Post by jem »

It may be something to do with the fact that essix retainers cover the biting surfaces of your teeth and 24/7 wear does not give your teeth the opportunity to bite together properly. But I suggest you call your orthos office for an explanation. If you preferred to wear retainers 24/7 for a while, perhaps your ortho would make you some hawleys?

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Jem
Sectional brace with Damon clear brackets fitted to front 6 upper teeth 3 January 2012
Brackets added to premolars 2 April 2012
Estimated treatment time originally 6-9 months
. Brace removed on 22 July 2013 after 18 months and 19 days
Now enjoying bonded upper retainer plus part time essix/hawley( I have both)

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MrsCharisma
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Re: Never wear retainer during the day???

#5 Post by MrsCharisma »

I have Hawley's and was told I only need nighttime wear (forever). At first it was 24/7 for a month.

HOWEVER, I plan to wear them as much as possible to start, anyway, mostly because I CANNOT talk with them in and it's weird.

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hj55
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#6 Post by hj55 »

I have had Essix retainers since 2010 and was told to wear them every night dropping down to 2-3 nights, that has worked for me. I also agree with Jem about teeth needing to bite together properly.

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Helen

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#7 Post by Anna5 »

Hello!

First of all, congrutulations on your debanding, your smile looks very beautiful!!!
I also have an essix retainer (only for my uppers) and only need to wear it at night. For me this works. I even don't wear them every night (about 5 nights a week) and my retainers still fit well, so I think it is ok.
I have never worn my retainers during daytime. Hopefully this reassures you.
I do have a bonded upper and lower retainer as well, maybe that also helps. Do you have bonded retainers as well?

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#8 Post by sirwired »

Every case is different. If you ortho says night-time only is fine, I don't see why not, as long as you remember!

Ambrosia80
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Re: Never wear retainer during the day???

#9 Post by Ambrosia80 »

Anna,

I do not have bonded retainers. Wish I did! :?
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