Retainer for only one arch?

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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Retainer for only one arch?

#1 Post by sandiego88 » Thu Jul 27, 2017 2:40 pm

Has anyone only been given a retainer for one arch? I was given only a Hawley for the top and he said this was standard, with nothing on the bottom. I do have another thread about my Hawley. Thanks in advance.

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Re: Retainer for only one arch?

#2 Post by lambchop » Fri Aug 04, 2017 1:57 pm

I have permanent retainers on my bottom front 6 teeth and upper 4 front teeth. I was given an Essix that I still wear every night, about a year and a half after being debraced, but it's for the top arch only.

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Re: Retainer for only one arch?

#3 Post by Snowglobe32 » Mon Aug 07, 2017 11:11 am

I don't believe it is normal to have a one arch retainer. In order to retain all teeth in their proper place, you'll need both arches covered.
I would ask, or I would demand, that you get a full retainer.

Good luck!

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Re: Retainer for only one arch?

#4 Post by jaime » Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:25 am

My ortho only gives retainers for the upper arch. I have permanent wires on both the upper and lower front teeth as well.
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