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Retainers are worn when main treatment is finished to let the teeth settle into their correct positions. You remove this appliance to clean it and (sometimes) to eat.
Depending on your treatment you may have top and/or bottom retainers. The retainers shown here are called Hawley retainers. The bottom photo shows top and bottom Hawley retainers.
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liz () - 24/Jun/2002 1:56:59 PM
i have a retainer. it is neon green. it is only for the top.
abigail (email@example.com) - 23/Aug/2002 6:39:14 PM
i have a fixed brace on but the orthodentist told me that i will have to have a retainer i am not sure what kind though. i have a brace on bottom and top which is fixed on the outside not the inside and i only needed it cosmetically because my teeth didn't really urgently need it but i wanted it, i just wanted britney spears sparkling straight teeth do you think i will need a retainer on top and bottom? and is it hard to speak with it on?
Val () - 16/Oct/2002 8:49:55 PM
replying from what she said^ my ortho said that u should where them every night and whenever u can during the day. if u never where them ur teeth could move back to the same possition that they were in in the 1st place. it happended to a lady at the ortho office.
mandy!! () - 18/Oct/2002 9:53:02 AM
hey ppl : im getting Hawley retainers in 5 weeks .. n i just wanted 2 know if u speak funny with them on!
(firstname.lastname@example.org) - 02/Nov/2002 12:12:55 AM
how much would it cost to replace a broken retainer?
heygal (email@example.com) - 20/Nov/2002 2:44:31 PM
Do I have to wear the retainer for life? Or how long must I wear after taking out the braces?
chrissy (firstname.lastname@example.org) - 23/Nov/2002 3:09:28 AM
Is it normal for ur teeth 2 move a little bit after you get your braces off even though you have worn your retainer everyday?
Iyanda (email@example.com) - 05/Dec/2002 1:03:03 AM
I have Removable retainers on my top teeth. Are they usually tight when you first put them on? Mine is not. I feel Hardly any pressure.
Brandi () - 05/Dec/2002 7:18:09 AM
how long do you have to wear a retainer for?
ryan (firstname.lastname@example.org) - 19/Dec/2002 8:08:08 PM
hey, im about to get a "spring loaded" retainer. im wondering if you have any pictures so i know what hell i will hell i will have to go through. Thanx
Vic (Degrassi13@yahoo.com) - 22/Dec/2002 11:43:24 PM
R retainers expensive?
Vic (Degrassi13@yahoo.com) - 22/Dec/2002 11:47:17 PM
I have a gap in my mouth will retainers do the trick? Are they less expensive than braces?
() - 23/Dec/2002 1:22:12 AM
My orthodontist glued a wire on the backside of my top and bottom teeth. This is a permanent wire and will never be removed! I have to wear it forever! For the first 6 months they left the brackets toward the back of my mouth on. Then I had to attach a rubberband from one bracket to the other accross the front of my teeth. It looks like I have yellow teeth and feels weird!. I hate it. Does anyone else have this?
Stephanie () - 24/Dec/2002 8:25:12 PM
i have a reply for (anime_jrm) i have invisalign *which i hate* my bottom retainer broke in half, my dentist replaced it for free, to be nice :) but it would of cost us just $100!
Smily () - 02/Jan/2003 3:34:32 AM
I'm soon getting my braces off and I have to get a retainer. I used to have an expander, and it caused headaches from the pressure, it got to a point where I would have to stop wearing it to get braces. If I had worn the expander I would not have needed braces, (which sucks) cause it is taking way too long. but I was wondering if a retainer is going to cause that much pressure. thank you
() - 02/Jan/2003 9:28:09 AM
I would like to know the price range of the retainers. I have a gap in the middle of my top big teeth. they also go over my bottom teeth just a little bit if u look really close to my bottom teeth u will see the they are just a tad bit crooked but they don't really show as much as the other things. Do u think I need the bottom retainer just as well as the top one? Please respond back Sincerely, BeBe
Summer () - 02/Jan/2003 7:47:13 PM
hi all i just got my bottom retanier today and it hirts like hell and i am having trouble taliking in it is that normal:)
Stephanie () - 10/Jan/2003 9:56:15 PM
Reply to Summer! Yes it's normal to have trouble talking, for the first couple days. Just read aloud, it will help ;)
(smilegirl145@hotmailcom) - 17/Jan/2003 3:38:27 PM
how much does it cost to get a retainer
(email@example.com) - 22/Jan/2003 3:22:09 PM
I have a retainer to correct my bite and when i take my retainer out my teeth don't go back to there usual position (which i know they shouldn't do) but i cannot get my back teeth to meet. Will I be able to eat at all once the treatmenmt is finished
REPLY TO SMLY () - 22/Jan/2003 3:27:23 PM
The retainers cause less pressure than the fixed braces. Mine is hurting a bit now at first but the ortho says it will go away after a few days
Ela (firstname.lastname@example.org) - 02/Feb/2003 7:36:40 PM
how long do u have to wear a retainer???
() - 07/Feb/2003 2:04:00 PM
it depends-after i get my braces off which i am getting in a couple of days, my ortho said i have to wear removable retainers on the for the first 6 months night and day and then after that for 3 months at night.I had braces before and after i got them off, i only had to wear a retainer for maybe 4-5 months. im not exactly sure!!sry!
hollister_chick2003 () - 09/Feb/2003 1:52:01 AM
I have to get an expander this fri. Thanx for the advise about the pressure.....NOT!!!!! now i am so worried bout that.thanzx a lot and im only 9 years old..........................................................LOL................JK(just kidding)
() - 09/Feb/2003 1:55:09 AM
I've recently been told that a person can get a retainer that will work as braces on minor gaps. Is this true?
Rainier R () - 21/Feb/2003 6:46:29 AM
The going rate for the invisable ratainer is about $150 dollars just for one! Pretty darn expensive. So next time when your wearing retainer during the day and want to grab a bite to eat at somewhere dont put your retainer in your napkin your going to throw it away and u lose your retainer. Not that it happened to me I heard many stories about it. I just bought one just so I dont have to go to the ortho for long time plus I moved outer state...
Justin () - 27/Feb/2003 1:57:14 AM
I am getting braces tomorrow, but they gave me a price for my retainer, it will cost me $350!
(CYAinLA@excite.com) - 06/Mar/2003 6:49:14 PM
Ive heard people say that a retainer can get rid of the gap between your 2 front teeth... will it really work??
Suzy (email@example.com) - 11/Mar/2003 7:32:04 AM
how long it takes to use this retainer? i want to know about that because i'm going to use the braces.
Riley () - 16/Mar/2003 1:21:35 AM
My ortho says for the first year of getting my braces off I wear the retainer all the time. After a year I have to wear it at night till I am 16. After that I have to wear my retainer 2 to 3 times a week for the rest of my life.
irish girl () - 16/Mar/2003 7:28:00 PM
i had a retainer it was hell because i had a lisp with it, now i have brackets and headgear at night
Silpa () - 20/Mar/2003 9:27:17 PM
My ortho says that I have to wear both top and bottom retainers for about a year after i get my braces off. After that I only have to wear them at night for 3 months.
chan (firstname.lastname@example.org) - 21/Mar/2003 4:51:26 AM
i've had my braces for 1 year and 3 months. it is now time for them to come off and now i have to wear a retainer. truthfully, are retainers necessary? i only had an open-bite.
() - 21/Mar/2003 12:56:17 PM
I think retainers are neccesary because if u don't wear them then your teeth will go back to the position they used to be in and then u will have to wear braces all over again.
Severed () - 23/Mar/2003 12:33:21 AM
Yup, and that's EXACTLY what happened to me. No matter how annoying retainers might seem, they're worth the little annoyance. I think that having braces again will be the bigger annoyance. At least for me anyway :/
The Londonator () - 26/Mar/2003 6:37:45 PM
Hear me now, Respect to all the people out there wiv retainers, i av come to say keep it real and don't be afraid of others. but i do have to say dat the prices are well shabby. i mean i av been reading some of the e-mails and £50-500 is way too expensive for more of my crap info check out some of the other main tittles. Keep it real
jobu () - 29/Mar/2003 9:28:00 PM
I had a removeable retainer to close the gap in my front two teeth, my gap wasnt that big and the retainer closed the gap in less than 2 months, however when i started only wearing it at night the gap opened up again slightly, so u have to wear it all the time, i also got bonding done to help close it
Ana () - 06/Apr/2003 12:27:50 AM
yello Im getting a removable retainer after i get my braces wich i will wear for 2 and 12 years for two fused eye teeth and gum surgery. I heard from some people that their painless and after braces bobs your uncle but other certain people have told me they hurt to hell and back so who to believe i have an ok pain tolerance from one to ten a 6 so would some one with about this level tell me about these
braces2be () - 15/Apr/2003 12:59:58 AM
I am getting braces next week, will it hirt when they put the braces on me????
Stephanie () - 15/Apr/2003 3:28:03 AM
Reply to braces2be, I got my braces on over 4 years ago, I can still remember how it felt. My opinion was that it hurt very little. When I got them off, there was a little bit more pain, but how I felt will probably differ from your. So just relax! ~Stephanie~ Kraziebabie65 is my aol s/n! IM me if you want!!!
stephy () - 18/Apr/2003 10:26:19 PM
i had braces for 2 years and ½ and it have been 2years that i wear a retainer. for how many years do you have to wear it? tanx for the answer.!
Ashley! () - 21/Apr/2003 6:05:37 PM
ive never had braces or anything done with my teeth really and my teeth are not THAT bad but i want to kind of straighten them up a little bit. will a retainer do it? or do i need braces or something else? and how much would it cost?
Andrea () - 26/Apr/2003 8:19:12 PM
I had to wear braces for 4 1/2 years and I had wear high pull headgear and rubber band. My braces came off last year 2002 and now I wear a Hawley retainers it's red and it make my mouth feel comfront and it doesn't hurt at all.
(email@example.com) - 26/Apr/2003 11:43:30 PM
hi, i had braces for about 4 years. i've got a fixed retianer on my bottom teeth but nothing for my top!!!! and now one of my teeth is becoming wonky AGAIN! will it keep moving or will it stop and just stay in the position it is now? please tell me...if it keeps moving i'm gonna go bk 2 my orthodontist and get a retainer
Kristina (Baskettina@hotmail.com) - 30/Apr/2003 10:59:39 PM
i have braces and ive had them for 10 months now and there cumming off in 1 month......im gettin those reatainers(the top and bottom) and they dont hurt they just feel weird......hope that helped.....e-mail me if u need any more help...Kristina Lopez
() - 09/May/2003 6:19:44 PM
Got upper and lower Hawley retainers after my braces. The only way I got used to them was to wear them all the time. At first I took them out all the time when I had to talk and eat. But once I decided to leave them in my speach improved. I still sound a little strange but I've got used to that. I leave them on when I'm eating out but must rince my mouth and the retainers as soon as I can after eating. Get rid of all that extra food in my mouth!
() - 15/May/2003 8:23:30 PM
i got a retainer to fix a gap in my teeth the lissp is so annoying
() - 26/May/2003 8:31:18 PM
Is it okay to take your retainer out for about three hours? Will I risk my teeth moving even a little bit during this time?
() - 29/May/2003 2:14:03 AM
i'm getting braces in exactly 20 days. i also have to have them on for 20-24 months. top and bottom. after that i get a removable retainer for top and bottom. i really want braces and can't wait to get them!!!
stephy () - 08/Jun/2003 9:28:56 PM
is there anybody that, like me, doesn't have a retainer for the lower teeth, but have that fixed wire? why doesn't they just use a lower hawley retainer? is the ortho going to take it off? the food always get stuck in it and it hurt my tongue real bad so i still need to use the wax! plz someone help me it's driving me crazy !
Kristen () - 13/Jul/2003 5:33:44 PM
I am so confused, becasue I cam on this web site like a couple of days ago and everything on here was deleted. So i dont know wuts going on. can someone explain please because I am very confused.
Da L man () - 13/Jul/2003 6:22:07 PM
me too. damn i wasted all that money putting my name first on everythin
SHANE () - 13/Jul/2003 10:58:03 PM
yo im trying to get some gold teeth and i got a removable retainer can i get removable gold teeth with a removable retainer
tina () - 14/Jul/2003 10:30:55 PM
those are the old kind i guess i got that kind once then they switched me to this other kind thats clear and is an imprint of my mouth its plastic and its very soft
Tina () - 14/Jul/2003 10:35:30 PM
and no it doesnt hurt all that much but if you loose it it's 100 dollars
lisa (oO_bubbles99_Oo@hotmail.com) - 18/Jul/2003 12:15:09 PM
Is it posible just to get a retaner insted or braces if your teeth arnt that bad?
stephy () - 20/Jul/2003 5:10:26 PM
hey tina, those aren't old i have one of these!
veronica (firstname.lastname@example.org) - 21/Jul/2003 2:40:00 PM
I AM 34 YEARS OLD. I USED BRACKETS FOR MANY YEARS BUT ONE OF MY FRONT TEETH IT MOVED AND IS NOW TWISTED. THE REST OF MY TEETH ARE PERFECT. MY DENTIST SAID THAT I SHOLUD USE THE REMOVABLE RETAINERS... I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF YOU THINK THIS IS THE CORRECT TREARMENT... THANK YOU
Luxy () - 26/Jul/2003 11:56:13 AM
My friend had one of these and hers was flavoured!!
Chiclett () - 31/Jul/2003 4:43:42 PM
Hi! I really need advice! I have the Hawley retainers for top and bottom. I broke my bottom ones before and had to pay $50 for repair. Sadly, it broke again...and I don't want to have it repaired for $50 again! Only the left molars part of the bottom retainer broke. I was wondering if it'd be ok to put it together with krazy glue...any suggestions? Also, is it normal for retainers to be tight at first, but turn loose in 3 mos.? I'd really appreciate it if someone replied before Sept. 13, 2003. Thanks!
kristi () - 31/Jul/2003 7:09:27 PM
Don't try to replace it by your self!!!! that would only make it worse! i would pay the $50 and get a new one cuz it would be worth it. it is also normal for a retainer to be tight at first, but not for that long.
Robyn (Sparrow1303@aol.com) - 04/Aug/2003 7:32:23 PM
ive got an removable retainer.... when i had a brace and the treatment was finshed the retainer helps my teeth stay in that position . i have to wear mine for 6 months .. wear itnight and day. I can olny take i out to eat and clean the retainer. Mine is top and bottom and is just a clear colour..And it does make u talk all funny but my m8 told me that u get used to it and u talk normaly... Im from U.K ( united Kingdom/ Britain ) and it only costs about £10 pounds to get it repaired u Americans might want to try and work out how much that is in dollars ... coz i dnt know hehehe
Kristyn (email@example.com) - 08/Aug/2003 3:18:28 PM
This question has been asked many times but there doesn't seem to be an answer anywhere. If you have a slight overbite and your two front teeth have a gap ( about 1.5 mm) will a removable retainer work for me? I have had braces and a retainer but it all went to the shits and my teeth went back to being all crappy.
() - 23/Aug/2003 5:08:07 PM
it cud work but im not an orthio so ask one! then u will know the proper answer!!
antonete (firstname.lastname@example.org) - 26/Aug/2003 5:02:08 PM
hi, how much to have retainers? can you please let me know approximately going to cost me to have something like that.the cheapest one you have.thanks
() - 28/Aug/2003 10:02:59 PM
they are usually 85-100 dollars
stephy () - 05/Sep/2003 9:00:19 PM
i wear my retainer 3 days a week as my ortho told me to but when i put it it feels tight and in the morning my bite feels different and sometimes in the morning one or two of my teeth huts. is this normal? thx to whoever answer me!
A (email@example.com) - 13/Sep/2003 5:37:31 AM
What are retainers made of??? (ingredients)
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