Proof that wearing retainers works!

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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NeilH
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Proof that wearing retainers works!

#1 Post by NeilH »

I met up with a friend earlier in the week who I had not seen for many years. Naturally the topic of my braces came up (you can hardly miss them) and my friend, who has really nice straight teeth told me that she still wears the retainer she got when she finished braces as a teenager. That was over 20 years ago! Message is clear, wear your retainers!!

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#2 Post by gramma2xander »

Just wondering, do you know what kind of retainers she has?

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Nozzelnut
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#3 Post by Nozzelnut »

I'd guess Hawley's because I'm not sure if the invisalign style were available yet but I could be wrong.
Round 3 (lifetime) Invisalign treatment started 2/26/20. Estimated 9-14 months.
Upper ceramics 5/21/14, Lower stainless 5/28/14
Double jaw surgery was 6/18/15. Estimated time Jan 2016; still on at my 2 year anniversary...
Braces removed 7/20/18; upper and lower Hawley and Essix retainers with bonded lower too.
I'm emphatically against extraction orthodontics!

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#4 Post by SunshineRay »

Thats going to be me! I am allowed to only wear my retainer at night now but I still wear it off and on throughout the day.

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#5 Post by Featheryy1221 »

One of my friends is the same way, he's worn his retainer as instructed and his teeth are perfect. Some of my other friends didn't and some of their teeth have since relapsed a bit. My one friends bottom teeth are now exactly like how they were before she had braces.
I know I'm going to wear my retainer and bite splint religiously. Lol. I can't see the point of spending thousands and it all going to waste.

Also my sister had braces 20 years ago and she had an Essix retainer, so they were around back then. :)
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Estimated treatment time: 18 months. (6 months- expander, 1 year- braces)
Bonded Rapid Palatal Expander: 10/1/13 - 3/31/14
Upper and Lower Metal Braces: 4/22/14 - 7/14/15
Total treatment time: 21 months

TMJJill
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#6 Post by TMJJill »

I'm now officially 1 year post braces. I wear Essix at night and they have done me well so far.

I'm different than most in that my retainers only cover my front 8. Even with that, my molars still have proper bite.

Nice post.
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Braces as Phase II treatment for TMJD.
Lower mandibular repositioning splint 26 months.
Lower braces on 10.75 months into Phase II treatment.
Duration in braces: 2 years, 2 weeks, 5 days
Removal of Braces: September 18, 2013

TMJD treatment now complete!

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#7 Post by Davidlusive »

My dentist told me that I'd have to wear my retainers for life is that normal?

NeilH
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#8 Post by NeilH »

gramma2xander wrote:Just wondering, do you know what kind of retainers she has?
From what she described, it sounded like a Hawley retainer

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#9 Post by PineappleFish »

[quote="Davidlusive"]My dentist told me that I'd have to wear my retainers for life is that normal?[/quote]

Yep, if you want straight teeth forever, you've got to wear retainers forever.

gramma2xander
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#10 Post by gramma2xander »

Thanks Im getting hawleys next week when my braces come off. Im just really nervous about my teeth shifting back, sounds like I should be fine, as long as I wear them.

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