(Closed) Those who had braces…Do you wear your retainer every night??

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
7339 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I just recently had mine removed YAY!!! I wear my retainer every second night and so far no shifting.

Post # 4
247 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Nope! i had my braces off back in grade ten. And  never wore them.  I would just try to squeeze back into them, a week before a check up.

Post # 5
9483 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

I haven’t had my braces for about 11 years now.  I had a top retainer that I never wore.  My teeth are still perfectly straight.  My orthodontist put in a permanent retainer though on the bottom row of my teeth.  Still there and will be forever.

Post # 6
2281 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I had braces for 2 years in high school, and then wore my retainer all day, faithfully, for 2 years – and then at night for an additional year. That’s all my othodontist required.

A few teeth shifted ever so slightly a couple years later when my wisdom teeth started to come in, but I had my wisdom teeth out and they didn’t shift any more. That was nearly 20 years ago. My teeth are, as far as I can tell, have not shifted at all since.

Post # 7
55 posts
Worker bee

I didn’t wear my retainer at all and my upper teeth shifted a little bit. They went from looking braces straight to natural-looking pretty straight.

Post # 8
222 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

To my knowledge.. the orthodontist asks patients to wear their retainers 24/7 so that the teeth can settle and “remember” their positions. After that.. it’s just nightly to avoid shifting. I don’t wear my retainer ALL of the time but do most of the time. I haven’t noticed any shifting.

If I were you I would certainly get new molds.. But, I’m just anal about having straight teeth.

I guess it really just depends how long ago you had your braces removed.

Post # 9
340 posts
Helper bee

No, I had retainer wires glued on my teeth. In 10 years only one time has a portion popped off and I still haven’t gotten it fixed and my teeth are the same. Trust me the best idea ever! I would hate to wear a retainer every night!

Post # 10
2359 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I never wore mine… maybe the first 3 nights only… i was supposed to wear them 24/7 … my teeth didn’t shift till about almost a year later, and they shifted a bit but not drastically. 

Post # 11
756 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

It’s been about 10 years since I got my braces off and about 5 since I last saw an orthodontist.

I wear my top retainer about six nights a week and have a permanent one on the bottom. There’s one particular place in my bottom teeth where I think I’ve had a little shift, but nowhere else.

Post # 12
2216 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I don’t wear my retainer.  I find it very uncomfortable and bed is supposed to be a comfort zone.   My teeth have shifted 🙁  Unlike most people, though, I have too much space in my mouth. Myy teeth shifted, because of the space, so now I have some gaps. 

Post # 14
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I have permanent retainers on my teeth so yes, I wear them every night!

I would definitely get new molds made though.  My sister has removeable retainers and, although she doesn’t wear them EVERY night, if she goes for a while without wearing them, like a couple of weeks, they get really hard to put back in (aka, her teeth start shifting).

Post # 15
243 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

after years of braces in high school getting perfect teeth, i abandoned my retainer at 22, and  now at 25 spent $900 on a retainer to close my gap back up before the weddng… Unfortunately, in my experience, go get the retainer! Easier to maintain than fix!

Post # 16
158 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I had braces in middle/high school for 4 years. Had a slight overbite and had to wear headgear at night…ugh. Lol. My teeth really didn’t look bad at all, but apparently they were haha. Looking back, I WISH I would have worn my retainers for longer. I think what stopped me from wearing them longer was that they just seemed so gross to me. I wore them at night, but not during the day because I hated how they made me sound. I eventually stopped wearing them after they no longer stayed put on my teeth. If I had worn them for longer stretches of time, like a couple hours after school, in addition to at night, they probably would have fit me for longer…and would have worked better in the end. I really wanted to and wished I had gotten those “permanent” ones.

My teeth have definitely shifted (I guess this would be about 10 years after), and I can’t seem to fit my teeth together perfectly. It’s really annoying…especially with a little OCD! 🙁 I seem to grind/clench my teeth a lot…maybe because I am “trying” to fit them together again??? I don’t know. They look fine, but it looks like the top ones have shifted down a bit, and again, my bite is not “even.” If you have indeed lost your retainers, I would definitely buy another set! Or get the permanent ones! My SO had braces in high school, but just recently did Invisalign. What’s the saying? A stitch in time saves nine. Or $400 now versus $4000+ later for Invisalign?? (Eek)

Good luck! 🙂

ETA: One factor that may have caused some movement in my teeth is the fact that I got my wisdom teeth out a couple years after I got my braces off. I do think that that may have something to do with the shifting. Granted, I should probably have worn my retainers from age 16-20 or older, keeping the teeth in place both before and after the wisdom teeth were taken out.

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