Can't get used to Essix retainers - Help!

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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kathydell
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Can't get used to Essix retainers - Help!

#1 Post by kathydell »

My 3rd day post braces. No problems overnight with top & bottom Essix but trying to keep them both on during the day is killing me. The bottom one keeps making me gag and feel like I will throw up. I can suffer through it but when I add the top one on, it's awful. I've been alternating them every couple of hours during the day to try to get used to it. Any helpful hints on getting through this initial time with the retainers? I'm hoping it's like the braces at first and you just find ways to get used to it but I'm really struggling right now.

SunshineRay
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Re: Can't get used to Essix retainers - Help!

#2 Post by SunshineRay »

I have Essix but only on the top. Sorry you are having problems. :(

ArchWired28
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Re: Can't get used to Essix retainers - Help!

#3 Post by ArchWired28 »

Why do you wear them during the day? Mine are nighttime only. Ask your ortho if wearing them at night only would work...
Had full mouth metal braces for 21 months. Debonded April 2013. Now wearing clear plastic retainers every other night.

I have no formal dental or orthodontic education. Hence, all opinions expressed by me on this forum are those of an "informed consumer" and by no means intended as an expert advice.

SunshineRay
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Re: Can't get used to Essix retainers - Help!

#4 Post by SunshineRay »

Once my braces were removed I had to wear them 24/7 and I think the original poster just had hers removed too.

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