Weird numbness after debracing

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Lorianne
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Weird numbness after debracing

#1 Post by Lorianne »

I had my braces removed beginning of August and my ortho did the usual cleaning off of the glue (there wasn't much, I don't think) with that special tool that he asssured me wouldn't damage enamel, but I'm still, 2 mos later, feeling like my front teeth are sort of numb. I'm wearing my retainer nights only and they always ache a bit for a few secs when they first go on, which is normal too I think. I'm worried the drill he used somehow messed me up. Nothing is visible at all though.

Anyone else experience this sensation AFTER braces were taken off?

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djspeece
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#2 Post by djspeece »

I doubt that your ortho damaged you're enamel, but am wondering if your issue is related to slightly shifting teeth. I wore my retainer 24/7 for about 7 months. Perhaps increasing your time per day in retainers would help - but check with your ortho. Also you may want to check the board "the naked tooth, life after braces" if you haven't already (admittedly traffic is lighter though).
Dan

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Lorianne
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Re: Weird numbness after debracing

#3 Post by Lorianne »

Thank you so much! That sounds very likely that that could be the problem! I'll let ortho know too. Relieved that you don't think enamel was damaged either!

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Re: Weird numbness after debracing

#4 Post by SingleJawMelb »

Dentistry industry is pretty smart when it comes to making applicances that do what they are supported to. I doubt very much the cleaner did anything. If you had issues with hot/cold or pain, I think you would have something to worry about.

However numbness isn't associated with tooth decay etc AFAIK, especially if the patient has braces.

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