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Acrylic retainers are thick!

Posted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:56 pm
by Beckett
So I picked up my sparkly purple Hawley's today. No way I can wear them during the day in place of my Essix. They are way too thick. Ortho said they are for nighttime only, and eventually I won’t have to wear any during the day, just the Hawley's at night. He said they do them thicker for nighttime and they are lifetime retainers. Can they be made thinner and still do a good job? I feel like I’m going to choke and drool all night. I can’t even close all the way because my lower canines hit the upper retainer before my molars touch. I actually have better molar connection in my Essix believe it or not. I know I have to be patient for things to settle and to get used to new appliances, but those things aren’t going to get any thinner. Can these existing ones be ground down and shined back up to be thinner or do they have to completely remake the whole set? I go back on Friday with my kid so I can ask after I’ve worn them for two nights at least.

Re: Acrylic retainers are thick!

Posted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:28 am
by jem
My first Hawley retainer was quite thick too. I had asked for a Hawley as back up to my essix and told my ortho that I wanted the Hawley because I understood it would be more robust than the essix. Because I also had a bonded retainer, it was only for 12/7 then 8/7 wear anyway. In the event I preferred the Hawley to the essix and hardly wore the essix at all.

After a couple of years I lost the Hawley so had a new one made. My ortho had retired in the meantime and the Hawley provided by the new young ortho is much thinner and easier to wear. It seems to do an equally good job.

I imagine your ortho could grind down the acrylic behind your front teeth without any problem. I think the only difficulty will be in attempting to remove any acrylic at the points where wires emerge.

Good luck