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Retainers - Teeth - Dentist

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    QUOTE Dec 03, 2010 5:03 AM GMT
    Do you gay boys wear retainers? I was wearing it few weeks and it works fine on me. Last night I accident broke my retainer, after I adjusted. That is because I had it when I was 12 years old. I was wondering how many of you still use your retainers? If you don't have one, are you planning to get one? I am thinking about getting new retainers... It helps keep your teeth straight.
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    QUOTE Dec 03, 2010 6:08 AM GMT
    5ebastian saidim a bit confused with retainers, I use to have the wire at the back. they removed it. they gave me a night guard that i wear about once a week at night. this is fairly new to me. i guess they are testing to see if the teeth shift. but sometimes I grind my teeth at night so its more of a precaution.



    I am confused. You had the wire at the back of your retainers? I thought the wire is suppose to be at the front? I never see one of those before.

    I don't use night gard, because I can't adjust it or make it tighter like retainers...
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    QUOTE Dec 03, 2010 6:15 AM GMT
    Hmm... Maybe I should talk to my dentist about the night guard. lol ;-)
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    QUOTE Dec 03, 2010 4:14 PM GMT
    retainers in my opinion are a great thing because I think a great smile is amazing, however not the sexiest thing ever! haha

    I also have the permanent brace/wire on the back of my lower front teeth. I've had my braces off for 10 years and my teeth never have shifted nor have I had to wear a retainer thanks to the permanent wire. My teeth were a wreck as a kid and that's why I think the doc wanted to do the wire!
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    QUOTE Dec 03, 2010 4:23 PM GMT
    I have a permanent retainer (small wire glued at back of teeth). Keeps my teeth from shifting. Have had it for years. Popped off once and went to the dentist within hours to have it replace- teeth had already shifted somewhat and wire was a tight fit (hard to believe your teeth can shift that fast).
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    QUOTE Dec 03, 2010 4:32 PM GMT
    If it's the same retainer from when you were twelve you may be damaging your teeth! Your mouth has likely grown and changed considerably since then, so it's probably a good thing the retainer broke.

    -Doug
  • mynyun Posts: 1345
    QUOTE Dec 03, 2010 6:08 PM GMT
    Ahhh I envy the day I only have to contend with a retainer. Well I guess I do. Don't know if it will be removable or glued. But I wear braces now so I just have to deal with that.
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    QUOTE Dec 03, 2010 6:19 PM GMT
    I had braces throughout high school. Once they were off they left a wire behind my lower front teeth and told me to wear a retainer.
    It was so uncomfortable to wear that I couldn't sleep. After a week of trying, I just tossed they damn thing and you know what? My teeth are still perfectly fine just with that wire behind my front teeth.
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    QUOTE Dec 03, 2010 7:35 PM GMT
    Matey not being a gay boy but a man, I still sleep with one, and still see an Orthodontist once a year, and thats why in my 40's I still have wonderful straight teeth too. I also have a small wire retainer at the back of my bottom front teeth too, but it's permanent.
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    QUOTE Dec 03, 2010 7:39 PM GMT
    some of us where blessed with perfect teeth :-)
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    QUOTE Dec 03, 2010 9:12 PM GMT
    holyrood saidsome of us where blessed with perfect teeth :-)


    Wait until you are 50, with no intervention. I am amazed at how many middle aged people have not maintained the straightness of their teeth, and don't go back to the orthodontist, for corrections.
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    QUOTE Dec 03, 2010 10:42 PM GMT
    As a schoolboy I wore a retainer (in the UK, it's a brace) as I had buck teeth. After a couple of years I disposed of it, as my front teeth grew straight.
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    QUOTE Dec 03, 2010 10:42 PM GMT
    holyrood saidsome of us where blessed with perfect teeth :-)


    yet not a single picture of you smiling? hmmm...
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    QUOTE Dec 03, 2010 11:49 PM GMT
    NotThatOld saidAs a schoolboy I wore a retainer (in the UK, it's a brace) as I had buck teeth. After a couple of years I disposed of it, as my front teeth grew straight.


    In Oz where much of our language is much the same as Mother England. We have braces, that I had, and after that we wear retainers. First I would wear a retainer, all the time except when I ate, now I only wear them when I sleep.
  • aiko14 Posts: 332
    QUOTE Dec 03, 2010 11:51 PM GMT
    my first kiss was with a guy with braces
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    QUOTE Dec 04, 2010 12:04 AM GMT
    I had braces for a number of years during my teens and then had to wear a retainer. I no longer needed to wear the retainer once I had my wisdom teeth removed.
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    QUOTE Dec 04, 2010 12:29 AM GMT
    meninlove said If it's the same retainer from when you were twelve you may be damaging your teeth! Your mouth has likely grown and changed considerably since then, so it's probably a good thing the retainer broke.

    -Doug

    As long the retainers fit in right, then you'll be ok. My lower retainer don't fit my lower teeth anymore. So I stop wearing them. I used to hated it when I was younger and now I love it. Too bad the top retainer is broken. I am thinking about getting new one.
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    QUOTE Dec 04, 2010 12:33 AM GMT
    Had braces in my late 30's, best thing I've done. Have a permanent retainer on my lower and though I should don't wear upper at night anymore.
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    QUOTE Dec 04, 2010 2:19 AM GMT
    sxydrkhair said
    meninlove said If it's the same retainer from when you were twelve you may be damaging your teeth! Your mouth has likely grown and changed considerably since then, so it's probably a good thing the retainer broke.

    -Doug

    As long the retainers fit in right, then you'll be ok. My lower retainer don't fit my lower teeth anymore. So I stop wearing them. I used to hated it when I was younger and now I love it. Too bad the top retainer is broken. I am thinking about getting new one.



    You'd better go to a dentist and check. The retainer may feel OK, but only a dentist can tell you if such an old one from when you were child is safe as damage from it can be permanent.

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    QUOTE Dec 04, 2010 2:41 AM GMT
    meninlove said
    sxydrkhair said
    meninlove said If it's the same retainer from when you were twelve you may be damaging your teeth! Your mouth has likely grown and changed considerably since then, so it's probably a good thing the retainer broke.

    -Doug

    As long the retainers fit in right, then you'll be ok. My lower retainer don't fit my lower teeth anymore. So I stop wearing them. I used to hated it when I was younger and now I love it. Too bad the top retainer is broken. I am thinking about getting new one.



    You'd better go to a dentist and check. The retainer may feel OK, but only a dentist can tell you if such an old one from when you were child is safe as damage from it can be permanent.



    I already did few months ago
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    QUOTE Dec 04, 2010 2:43 AM GMT
    My dentist told me I don't really need one. But I like to have one sometime.
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    QUOTE Dec 04, 2010 1:33 PM GMT
    True_blue_aussie said
    holyrood saidsome of us where blessed with perfect teeth :-)


    Wait until you are 50, with no intervention. I am amazed at how many middle aged people have not maintained the straightness of their teeth, and don't go back to the orthodontist, for corrections.



    middle-aged?
  • HndsmKansan Posts: 15553
    QUOTE Dec 04, 2010 1:40 PM GMT
    So long as it works for you Samer, I'd keep wearing the retainers. I wore mine for a long time and probably should have continued, then they were lost. Fortunately, my teeth have remained straight.
  • MuchMoreThanM... Posts: 21211
    QUOTE Dec 04, 2010 1:48 PM GMT
    Funny that this topic is now a discussion on RJ. I have had so many problems with orthodontic treatment. It is hard to find a good orthodontist.

    I am currently undergoing orthodontic care and have braces for a !!FOURTH!! time. I am so pissed. The third time I had braces I went to an office that had regular dentistry and orthodontics all under the same roof. The problem was my upper palate was too narrow and I have a bridge in the front of to conceal a couple of missing front teeth from accidents as a child. They were able to do all of this and create a new bridge for me. The problem was that the dentist who made me the bridge (and who worked very closely with my orthodontist in the room right next door) said I would not need a retainer because my bridge would include the upper middle teeth. I trusted him and it was a dumb ass mistake on my part. I was pretty young and wish I knew better.

    Now I am wearing Invisalign and was told I could get my smile back but it has caused problems. After nearly a year of treatment all that Invisalign has been doing was "flare" my teeth out and it has completely ruined my bite. I now only bite on one tooth! I really need my palate to be widened again. I even asked and warned my orthodontist that I feel that this is what I needed in the beginning. She said she thought we could do it without palate widening.

    Now she is saying if I want to widen my palate that I will have to cut into my bridge which will have to be replaced and I am friggin broke. I am so pissed. Not to brag but my smile was so amazing at one point. And I had no dental coverage and I worked sixteen hour days to pay for all that work I had done. I should not have listened to that asshole dentist.

    Moral of the story. Wear your retainer. Get a retainer. Always do what you can to protect and sustain your investment. I am almost forty but I will find a way to recapture what I once had.
  • FreakTheBeat Posts: 151
    QUOTE Dec 04, 2010 2:00 PM GMT
    I don't have bad or horrible teeth. I know there is stuff that should/can be fixed. Recommended invisalign to me. Was expecting that. I just can't afford it right now. Boo