Didnt wear my retainer ... what now?

Didnt wear my retainer ... what now?

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Lewis

Seven Kings, UK

#1 Mar 19, 2008
Hi, about 3 years ago i had braces put in and i was very pleased with the results after the 2 year period, so pleased in fact that i refused to wear my retainer, i was so stupid thinking that it would be ok and now my teeth are going back to how they was. Its becoming embarrasing to even smile.

I have found my retainer and put it in, its extremely painful at the moment but i am willing to do this if it means my teeth will be straight again, but my question is... i have gone at least a year without my retainer so will wearing it now still give me a chance or isit too late? and how long will i need to wear it for so they are permanently straight?

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Matthew

Mandeville, LA

#2 May 28, 2008
See your dentist ASAP. You may need to have a new retainer made! I wouldn't wear the old one; I can hardly believe it still fits at all.

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walter

Nanjing, China

#3 May 29, 2008
I recommend you to wear the positioner, or use invisilign or use some other methods to straight your teeth again. then make a new retainer. at this time ,you shoud better choose other kind of retainer to make you comfortable.

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kell

Grand Junction, CO

#4 Jun 10, 2008
i went to my ortho about a yr ago with the same problem. Although I never went through with it, he told me if i suck it up for a month or so my retainer should fix my teeth no problem. It was such a tight squeeze for me though i couldnt bare to wear it anymore. now, one yr later, i JUST BARELY popped in my retainer, and I am leaving it there for good....

moral of the store...wear your retainer kids!!! otherwise you will end up like us...in more pain that what we originally signed up for. good luck!

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wear it

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#5 Aug 2, 2008
wear it

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emm

Edinburgh, UK

#6 Aug 14, 2008
it might cause your gums to be inflamed and sore and could cause serious problems. i say go back to your orthodontist before wearing it.

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missy

Little Rock, AR

#7 Nov 12, 2008
Lewis wrote:
Hi, about 3 years ago i had braces put in and i was very pleased with the results after the 2 year period, so pleased in fact that i refused to wear my retainer, i was so stupid thinking that it would be ok and now my teeth are going back to how they was. Its becoming embarrasing to even smile.
I have found my retainer and put it in, its extremely painful at the moment but i am willing to do this if it means my teeth will be straight again, but my question is... i have gone at least a year without my retainer so will wearing it now still give me a chance or isit too late? and how long will i need to wear it for so they are permanently straight?
Ouch. Sorry to hear about your teeth. I am experiencing the same problem.I have had my bbraces off for 5 years. For the first two years I wore my retainer religuosly. Now, i have fallen behind. I can still wear it, but it appears to be bent?? My teeth are also shifting a bit because of missing teeth in the back. I will see how it works. I can stand the pain. I am afraid they won't get straight. I will keep you posted (try to at least). I hope things work out for you.

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Brooks

College Station, TX

#8 Feb 16, 2009
Ow, I can't imagine your pain. I've had my retainer out for probably 6 months and I just started putting it back in - it's incredible pain at first but i think that pain causes it go go away after a few minutes. The part that really hurts is taking it out after wearing it a whole night..

Anyways, I'm hoping for the best. My teeth don't look too different from how they were after I got the braces off, but the fact that the retainer hurts to put in is a wake-up call that I need to wear it. Hopefully my teeth will go back to the position the retainer wants them to be in :|

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lucky

Canada

#9 Mar 13, 2009
i have the same problem. i've had my braces off for about 7 years now and were only wearing it intermittently for the first 5 years and have stopped completely in the last 2 years. i put it back on these last two days and it hurts like crazy! I can still get it on, but when i wear it throughout the night and take it off in the morning i'm sore for an hour. i'm worried it will be bad for me, but am also hoping that my teeth will shift back by wearing it. i'm planning on keeping up for a few more days and see if the pain will cease

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cuteness

Anaheim, CA

#10 Mar 26, 2009
I got braces when I was in the 8th grade and didn tend up gettign the off until the 11th grade. first top, and had to wear my bottom for another year. I wore my retainer 24/7 for the first year and a half. I didnt wear it as much after that. Im now 21 and putting my retainers back in for the first timein about 6 months.
MAL MAL

Port Clinton, OH

#11 Mar 26, 2009
I AM 36 AND i GOT MY BRACES ON AT 33. I GOT THE TOP OFF AFTER 3 YEARS AND THE BOTTOM I JUST GOT OFF MONDAY 3-23-09 AFTER 4 YRS. I TAKE IT BY ME BEING OLDER MY TEETH WERE MORE STUBBORN(ACTUALLY I KNOW SO). NONE THE LESS, THE BIGGEST PROBLEM BEFORE BRACES WAS THE MY FRONT TOOTH OVERLAPPING. I TRIED TO WEAR MY TOP RETAINER AT FIRST BUT COULD NOT TALK, AND HAD TO FOR WORK. THEN I TRIED TO WEAR IT AT NIGHT, AND IT KEPT COMING OUT. (EVEN IN THE BEGINNING). NOW AFTER 9 MONTHS, I PUT MY TOP BACK IN AND IT DOES HURT. BUT I WAS WORRIED THAT I NEED A NEW ONE,BECAUSE ITS A SQUEEZE TO PUT IN, AND I HAVE TO PLAY WITH IT TO STAY IT..ON MONDAY WHEN THE BOTTOM BRACES WENT OFF, I ASKED DENTIST TO ADJUST TOP, AND I LIED AND SAID I WEAR IT AT NIGHT, I WONDER DID HE KNOW I LIED. ANYWAYS, PEOPLE MAKE FUN OF THE WAY I TALK BUT I AM GOING TO WEAR IT ANYWAYS. THE BOTTOM IS A BREEZE TO WEAR.

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Pamela Waterman

Mesa, AZ

#12 Apr 8, 2009
Retainers are *so* important! I had braces as a teen for five years, and back then they said as soon as my wisdom teeth were out, I could stop the retainer. Wrong! Over the years a big gap opened between my front lower teeth. Now the orthodontic community says wear it at night forever. I went back and got braces last year at age 52; it only took a year to get everything looking great. Talking with it during the day for the first six months was hard, but now I'll wear it at night forever.
Zach J

Frederick, CO

#13 Apr 11, 2009
I'm going through the same problem as many of you. I'm 17 and I was recently talking to my dad when I noticed him looking at something so I was like "What are you looking at?" and he was like "Your teeth look like they are going crooked again." and then I told him I hadn't been wearing my retainer. The problem was that I wore my retainer all the time but whenever I took it off in the morning after that year they would shift again so I gave up around October and stopped wearing it.(bad choice) Now I'm -->trying<-- to wear it again tonight so I can be consistent again and have straight teeth but it hardly fits at all but after some holding I can get it to stay in. I'm gonna try and stick it out until the morning but I think the biggest challenge will be keeping it in overnight because it isn't exactly in there nicely :P Goodluck to everyone!

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Randi

Huntington, IN

#14 May 6, 2009
Had braces for two and a half years between the ages of 14 and 16. i never wore my retainer after that. my teeth are still straight but slightly shifted. i too put my retainer back in, just tonight actually, the fit was a little resistant, but i'm going to try and see what happens. i'm 22 now, mind you. but i'm hoping wearing it wont screw anything up... we'll see. good luck to you guys as well.

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Areyah

Parrish, FL

#15 May 11, 2009
Wow, same here. I had my braces for about three years and got them off in 9th grade. I wore the retainer all the time for about...I'd say..a month. lol. Then I'd wear it periodically, or whenever my teeth felt like they were moving. Then I ended up losing them and not wearing them for another year and a half. Well, I found them again, cleaned them thoroughly, and *surprise surprise* they wont fit. The top ones go in with no problem and no pain, but one of my bottom teeth has moved in front of another and the bottom retainer wont go in at all. I can force it down and deal with the pain, but it only stays if I hold it. I don't know if it's really a good idea to wear them now. I'd advise seeing an orthodontist. But if you go through with this and it works, let me know. lol.
Lauryn

New Knoxville, OH

#16 Jun 1, 2009
I'm glad I'm not the only one doing this.
I only had braces for 11 months in junior high. I'm 19 now. I broke my day retainer and eventually stopped wearing my night one at all. I've done this before but never stuck it out because you have to keep it in 24/7 for probably a month before you can start wearing them at night. The problem is my retainer is so thick and right now barely fits that I don't like wearing it during the day. My only concern is whether it is dangerous or unhealthy. Maybe I'll have my brother ask the ortho what will happen next time he goes. I don't want to make my parents buy me braces again (and I don't want to wear them) but because I'm an idiot one of my stupid front teeth sticks out farther than the other and I'm not a big fan. Yeah but taking them off is the worst part and then I can't eat right away because they are so sensitive
hey you

Williamsburg, VA

#17 Jun 17, 2009
Ask your orthodontist about wearing an old retainer again after a long time without it! Your best bet it to buy a new retainer (usually like $350), but it's better than having to wear braces again later in life!
flop3

Monroe, NY

#18 Jun 17, 2009
these posts have been extremely refreshing... i thought i was bonkers putting my retainer back in. I had braces for 4 years, through high school. i got them off when i was 17, and never wore my retainer. im 24 now, and the main problem with my teeth that the retainer was geared toward correcting had kinda happened... it still fits tho, and isnt really all that painful, i hope it corrects the problem... any extra advice or input would be rad.
Nicole P

Charlottetown, Canada

#19 Jun 21, 2009
I have done the same thing.
I had braces for 2.5 years
wore my retainer ALMOST religiously for about a year
MOST nights for a year after that
and was told to wear it at night forever, basically.
WELL I didn't much.
It has been...well, maybe a whole year, and my bottom teeth had completely zig-zagged and overlapped again. My front teeth were sticking out at a 80 degree angle to the floor.
Five days ago I put my retainers in and swore that I would wear them, lisp and all, for a few weeks 24/7. The pain has been excruciating, but it is starting to die off-- I can bear taking them in and out to eat 3 meals a day, instead of one (as i was barely doing 4 days ago).
My bottom teeth are almost completely straight, though they will shift if i have my retainer out for even 30 minutes.
it was STUPID of me to put off wearing them again.
Prom is in three days, which is why I decided it was about time!
Now is better than never.
Arnold Biffle

United States

#20 Jul 2, 2009
I am an Orthodontist and see this on a weekly basis; and, yeah, we know when you're lying but most of us won't call you on it unless you try to blame us in an attempt to get a free retainer. Anyway, if the retainer won't go in or is extremely painful, see your orthodontist. Don't be embarrassed. If you own up to it, he or she will probably go easy on you. Sometimes, wearing the retainer FULL TIME for a few weeks will get them back in place. If not, you may have a few options; braces again (invisalign usually works well for this)or a new retainer to make some minor corrections or hold what you have. If you only wear it at night it's just going to hold things where they are. Of course you always have the option of not doing anything and just watching them get worse, but you probably wouldn't be on here asking if you were interested in doing that.

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