Retainer question

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Retainer question

#1 Post by Ziggy »

Okay, braces are off and I'm in a clear retainer. Right now I'm supposed to wear the retainer for 12 hours each day, 8 hours of sleep plus 4 hours. When I get up in the morning and remove my retainer my front teeth are together, but by the end of the day, when it's time to put the retainer back in, the gaps in my front teeth have opened up quite a bit and this goes on day after day. My ortho says this is normal, but I'm wondering if anybody else has had this experience.

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Re: Retainer question

#2 Post by jem »

It sounds to me as if it would be sensible to wear your retainer 24/7 for a few months. Or maybe get a bonded retainer to hold your gaps closed?
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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Re: Retainer question

#3 Post by djspeece »

I'm with jem. I have the Vivera retainer, which I love, and had to wear it continuously for several months and now only at night. I'd recommend you ask your ortho why he prefers the part-time approach. Seems to me you need to stabilize your teeth once the braces come off -- since they just moved into their final positions.

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Re: Retainer question

#4 Post by FlyByNight »

+1 on the 24/7. I have Essix. Wore them 24/7 for I think 3 months? Now just at nighttime. My teeth have stabilized.

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