Can Hawley retainers be loosened up?

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moshpie
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Can Hawley retainers be loosened up?

#1 Post by moshpie » Mon May 16, 2011 5:54 pm

When I first got retainers I complained to my orthodontist that they were too loose (really dumb thing to do, you live you learn) so he tightened them up, at first I didn't notice anything different, but now they are starting to give a slight pain from the tightness, can they be loosened up again?

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Re: Can Hawley retainers be loosened up?

#2 Post by TumbleDryLow » Tue May 17, 2011 9:05 am

I don't have Hawley's but I assume that if he tightened them, they can be loosened.
I will say that my retainers (Essex) still make my teeth a bit sore when I first put them on at the end of the day, although the soreness is usually very short lived--like maybe 5-10 min.

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Re: Can Hawley retainers be loosened up?

#3 Post by moshpie » Tue May 17, 2011 5:16 pm

thanks, i guess i'll give him a call

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Re: Can Hawley retainers be loosened up?

#4 Post by retainergirl4life » Tue May 17, 2011 9:10 pm

I would think they can be loosened, but after you wear them as much as possible for a week you should have no more pain. I wear my hawleys 24/7 and when they get tightened t they hurt for a bit but with no time at all, you should be all good:)

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