(Closed) NWR: Permanent Retainer came undone??

posted 9 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
2214 posts
Buzzing bee

This happened to me before… My insurance covered it but I remember seeing the bill, and without the insurance applied to it, it was a few hundred to have it recemented.  No idea if it would be cheaper to just get rid of it.

Post # 4
7081 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I would say that until you have insurance, just leave that sucker off!  No need to pay to have it repositioned, when you can just have it removed.  The teeth might shift a little, but it shouldn’t be too bad if it has been on for several years.

Post # 5
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I second the advice from Mrs. DG.  I don’t know why they put a permanent retainer in anyway.  My husband and I have just night retainers left over from our braces and our teeth don’t shift very much anymore.

Post # 6
682 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I pried mine off in my early to mid twenties after part of the cement came off and my tongue kept rubbing on the sharp edge. I used a dental tool to pry it off and then pick off some of remnant cement. I can be a little stubborn and determined, so this isn’t out of the ordinary for me. I had the rest of it removed by the dentist a year or so later. I’m not recommending you do what I did, just saying you don’t need it anymore. My bottom teeth never shifted at all after I took it out and there was no harm in getting rid of it.

Post # 8
806 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I would just say get it taken off if you’ve had your braces off for a while already.

I think I got braces off around age 14 and I had my permanent retainer (on the back of the bottom teeth) taken off before I went to college because I didn’t want to have it anymore.  In the 10 years since it’s been off my teeth have shifted a tiny bit, but really nothing major.

Is there a chance your original orthodontist would fix it for free (or at least take it off) since you’ve already paid for the full braces experience?

Post # 10
5778 posts
Bee Keeper

They leave them cemented on for a reason which is to keep those teeth from drifting. Removable ones are different,but technically and clinically, a cemented retainer is meant to stay there,literally,forever. Its a simple procedure to rebond it,but if you play around with it and bend (or even break it) it won’t be such an inexpensive fix.

A general dentist can do it for you,but may be reluctant to do a whole new etching process. Once he touches it,he owns it! 2 weeks is a long time to wait,so I’d find somebody pretty quickly. If you leave it as it is you could easily cut your tongue or tissue from the sharp edge.

Recement/rebond will most likely cost under $100. A whole new retainer will cost several hundred. Get it fixed and don’t ruin all that beautiful orthodontic work your parents paid thousands for!! :o)

Post # 11
5778 posts
Bee Keeper

What did you decide to do? Is it fixed or removed yet? 🙂

Post # 12
11826 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion

Man, I’d love an excuse to get mine removed–so hard to floss my bottom teeth with it in!  I hope you figured out what to do!

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