Bottom retainer broke

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Bottom retainer broke

#1 Post by schipain » Tue Apr 03, 2018 6:06 pm

So just as the title says, my bottom retainer broke. I noticed some of the cement chipping away here and there for the past couple weeks so I guess this was bound to happen. It's been about 10 years since I've had braces. Is it really necessary for me to spend the money to get this fixed?

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Re: Bottom retainer broke

#2 Post by assertives » Wed Apr 04, 2018 2:16 am

There is always the possibility for teeth to shift without wearing a retainer, and some experience it more than others. Hence why the saying that retainer is for life. So I guess, necessarily or not would really depend on how ok you are with your teeth shifting and to what degree is deemed acceptable to you.

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Re: Bottom retainer broke

#3 Post by Zoidberg » Fri May 25, 2018 5:30 am

If you don't wear the retainer and your teeth shift, you may be faced with the possibility of having to get braces again to correct it - assuming it bothers you.
I know its a hard pill to swallow, but personally I would spend the few hundred sorting out the retainer rather than risk having to spend potentially thousands (not to mention the pain, discomfort and inconvenience), of having braces again.

I had removable appliances in my late teens but eventually stopped wearing my retainers, now I'm doing it all over again in my 30s, really wish I had stuck with the retainer, but maybe I'm a little biased on the subject! :)

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Re: Bottom retainer broke

#4 Post by Jethro » Sun May 27, 2018 9:06 am

I agree with the others: without a retainer your teeth will shift. I'm in braces for the 3rd time due to failed retainers. You have been warned. LOL

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