Hawley doesn't allow teeth to touch

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sandiego88
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Hawley doesn't allow teeth to touch

#1 Post by sandiego88 » Thu Jul 27, 2017 2:38 pm

I was debraced today and given a Hawley retainer, however, there's a wire that goes over my last molar (biting surface) and it doesn't allow my teeth to touch. like there's a 2 mm gap all the way around. I asked my ortho about it, but he said that it's supposed to fit that way. Anyone else have this issue?

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Re: Hawley doesn't allow teeth to touch

#2 Post by jem » Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:41 pm

Can you post a picture? One of the benefits of a Hawley is that you should be able to bite both arches together with the Adams clasps at the back fitting neatly around your molars.

Do you have no retainer for your bottom arch at all? I understand that bottom incisors are the teeth most prone to relapse and many people have a bonded retainer to prevent this. You should surely have at least an essix or a hawley for your bottom teeth. I would be inclined to insist on having a retainer on the bottom.

Good luck
Jem
Sectional brace with Damon clear brackets fitted to front 6 upper teeth 3 January 2012
Brackets added to premolars 2 April 2012
Estimated treatment time originally 6-9 months
. Brace removed on 22 July 2013 after 18 months and 19 days
Now enjoying bonded upper retainer plus part time essix/hawley( I have both)

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Re: Hawley doesn't allow teeth to touch

#3 Post by sandiego88 » Sun Jul 30, 2017 8:46 pm

This is a picture with my teeth closed as far as possible. The back of the wire loops under my last molar so I can't bite down. I asked him about it and he said there isn't anything he could do and I would always bite on wire with a retainer. I feel like it's really wrong. I wish I could go back. I moved cross country the day after I got them off. So frustrated.

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Re: Hawley doesn't allow teeth to touch

#4 Post by sandiego88 » Sun Jul 30, 2017 8:47 pm

jem wrote:Can you post a picture? One of the benefits of a Hawley is that you should be able to bite both arches together with the Adams clasps at the back fitting neatly around your molars.

Do you have no retainer for your bottom arch at all? I understand that bottom incisors are the teeth most prone to relapse and many people have a bonded retainer to prevent this. You should surely have at least an essix or a hawley for your bottom teeth. I would be inclined to insist on having a retainer on the bottom.

Not sure why it didn't post the picture the first time. I have a lower permanent retainer from canine to canine, but nothing else.

Good luck
Jem
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Re: Hawley doesn't allow teeth to touch

#5 Post by jem » Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:26 pm

Can you post a picture of where the wire goes over your molars? Your teeth look great by the way.

jem
Sectional brace with Damon clear brackets fitted to front 6 upper teeth 3 January 2012
Brackets added to premolars 2 April 2012
Estimated treatment time originally 6-9 months
. Brace removed on 22 July 2013 after 18 months and 19 days
Now enjoying bonded upper retainer plus part time essix/hawley( I have both)

Click here for my story http://www.archwired.com/phpbb2/viewtop ... =9&t=42194

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Re: Hawley doesn't allow teeth to touch

#6 Post by Felina Grimm » Tue Aug 22, 2017 12:51 pm

Mine doesn't either, and the ortho said it was intentionally designed that way and my teeth will still settle. It looks like they're touching, but they aren't.

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Re: Hawley doesn't allow teeth to touch

#7 Post by Azul » Wed Aug 23, 2017 4:39 am

I am able to bite with my retainers. Congratulations, your teeth look great!

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