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hereorthere
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back up Essix?

#1 Post by hereorthere » Sat Nov 03, 2018 9:33 pm

I'm getting my braces removed next week, and decided to go for clear retainers. my ortho office suggested me to get 2 sets of Essix at once since they break more easily. They suggested at once because they can give a discount if we get multiple sets at once. How many years do Essix retainers usually last? Do you guys think I should go for back ups?

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Re: back up Essix?

#2 Post by SDFD TSchott » Sat Nov 03, 2018 9:53 pm

I've had essix in the past when I was a teenager and grinded through 3 sets. I then asked about Hawleys which worked great for me however I broke mine and the ortho office I went to was no longer in service. Fast forward 10 years down the road I'm back in braces round 2.

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Adjustment Sept 14th, 2018
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Re: back up Essix?

#3 Post by hereorthere » Sat Nov 03, 2018 10:54 pm

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I've had essix in the past when I was a teenager and grinded through 3 sets. I then asked about Hawleys which worked great for me however I broke mine and the ortho office I went to was no longer in service. Fast forward 10 years down the road I'm back in braces round 2.
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wow, was that from grinding during the night or just normal daily wear? I was originally thinking about getting hawleys for my bottom teeth, but i also dont really want any metal in my mouth anymore..

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Re: back up Essix?

#4 Post by Jethro » Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:47 am

I think getting a backup essix (or 2) is great idea. I’m in treatment again due in part to a failed essix retainer. How long they last seems to vary greatly between individuals, but I’ll be replacing mine every 2 to 3 years just to be safe.

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Re: back up Essix?

#5 Post by bbsadmin » Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:05 pm

And there's always The Stay Tray if you run into an emergency situation:

https://www.dentakit.com/staytray.html
I'm the owner/admin of this site. Had ceramic uppers, metal lowers ~3 years in my early 40's. Now in Hawley retainers at night!

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