Fixed and essix retainers - essix is tight

If you have finished with your orthodontic treatment and are wearing retainers (or will be soon), this is a special place to connect with others in your (enviable) situation. Ask a question or make a comment about life post-braces.

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CSRelf
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Fixed and essix retainers - essix is tight

#1 Post by CSRelf »

Hi

I have both fixed retainers (top and bottom) and essix. There was an issue with my essix retainers being made, so had to wait 12 days. I've been using them now for about 3 days. My top essix retainer is very tight, and one of my front teeth feels under pressure. If this continues I will see my ortho, but I was wondering if anyone else has experienced tightness despite having a fixed retainer? I thought the fixed would have stopped movement of my front teeth?

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CSRelf
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Re: Fixed and essix retainers - essix is tight

#2 Post by CSRelf »

Just an update, teeth seen to have really settled, front teeth don't feel under pressure now. It seems the fixed retainers do definitely need other appliances to fully hold things in place. I'll be having a follow up appointment in a few months anyway.

natalijennifer25
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Re: Fixed and essix retainers - essix is tight

#3 Post by natalijennifer25 »

Teeth begin to shift naturally as we age, a permanent retainer typically offers better long-term results for teeth straightening than a removable one. Temporary retainers get lost or are forgotten on trips, and often fail to get used as often as they should be. One drawback to permanent retainers is flossing.

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