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    Old 04-29-2005, 04:12 AM   #1
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    Fixed Retainer

    Hello to all. I finally went in to a consult and I decided to get ceramic/plastic braces in May. It was $300 extra. I have a spaced front teeth, openbite, midline discrepancy and slight protruded teeth(not that bad). The ortho told me that I will need a frenectomy and then eventually a fixed(permanent) retainer so my gap will not open again. Does anyone have this, is it very hard to clean?? I floss daily and hope that fixed retainer wont make it hard for me. Please if anyone knows of this let me know. Thank you.
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    Old 04-29-2005, 06:36 AM   #2
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    Re: Fixed Retainer

    It does take a little extra effort, but given the fact that you already floss daily, you shouldn't have a problem. You're going to need to use floss threaders or superfloss, but you'll be a pro at using these by the time you get your braces off.

     
    Old 04-29-2005, 05:43 PM   #3
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    Thanks for you reply tictac. I still cant believe I did the consult. When I sat on the chair I saw all these tools and stuff that looked like pliers--whoa. Anyways I am gonna do it.
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    Old 04-30-2005, 05:34 AM   #4
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    Re: Fixed Retainer

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    Hello to all. I finally went in to a consult and I decided to get ceramic/plastic braces in May. It was $300 extra. I have a spaced front teeth, openbite, midline discrepancy and slight protruded teeth(not that bad). The ortho told me that I will need a frenectomy and then eventually a fixed(permanent) retainer so my gap will not open again. Does anyone have this, is it very hard to clean?? I floss daily and hope that fixed retainer wont make it hard for me. Please if anyone knows of this let me know. Thank you.
    hi congrats on getting started with your orthodontic treatment , i'm still in metal braces an headgear now , don't know much about the bonded retainers but if it anything like having the mouthfull of metal i have now i would realy rather have removable retainers, let use now how your braces install went ,

     
    Old 04-30-2005, 09:23 AM   #5
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    Yes, congrats on starting ortho treatment! I'm getting my ceramic braces next week. My problem is crowding in the lower anteriors and you can bet that I will ask for a permanent retainer when it's all over. My bf had braces for a diastema and he wears a removable retainer. If he forgets to wear it just one night he has a gap the next day. He wants to get a fixed retainer. I know people that have had theirs for 15+ years with no issues, so I think it's the way to go (especially if you're not disciplined like me ) Good luck!

     
    Old 04-30-2005, 01:13 PM   #6
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    Thanks again tictac and jrm4337122! I will definitely write about my first experience..maybe one of those online journals? I will do the frenectomy and xray first... then on May 18th I have to go in for molds and photos.Then my ortho said the following week I will be in braces; which is May 25th. (oh lord lol). jrm4337122, how much longer do ya have to keep your braces in for? I am also worrying how the fixed retainer is. I believe it is metal, but it was strongly advised by my ortho--so I will go ahead n' get it. Tic tac, let us know how your ceramic braces installation went, I'd love to know .
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    Old 05-02-2005, 01:32 PM   #7
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    Re: Fixed Retainer

    A fixed retainer is just a thin metal wire bonded directly to the back of the teeth.

     
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