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Old 04-08-2021, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Kansas City North
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I am wondering if this is/was common or if I’m just unlucky.

As a kid in the late 1960s I had braces which straightened my very crooked teeth nicely.

Starting in my late 20s, my teeth started slowly moving back and now, at age 66, I don’t think anyone would believe I ever had braces.
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Old 04-09-2021, 11:26 AM
 
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It is common for those who don’t regularly wear their retainers long term. Long term. This is something neither some dentists who originally recommended it, nor the orthodontist who installs it, emphasize enough - if they even do it.

I’m seeing more and more adults wearing braces in their 30s-40s, who I suspect were unnecessarily sold on it by their dentists, who of course have their personal preferred referrals. How many provide the patient with this crucial tidbit of information before swaying them to undergo the (often unnecessary) time and expense of this mostly cosmetic procedure.
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Old 04-09-2021, 12:44 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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Your teeth aren't static. They can move throughout your life. Yes, its very common for them to go back to somewhat their original positions if you don't wear a retainer. Orthodontics forced them into a position they weren't naturally inclined to have. The retainer maintains that new position. Such a waste of $ and misery not to keep up the maintenance.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Retainer_(orthodontics)
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Old Today, 05:19 PM
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Location: Raleigh-Durham, NC
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Your teeth aren't static. They can move throughout your life. Yes, its very common for them to go back to somewhat their original positions if you don't wear a retainer. Orthodontics forced them into a position they weren't naturally inclined to have. The retainer maintains that new position. Such a waste of $ and misery not to keep up the maintenance.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Retainer_(orthodontics)
My orthodontist advised his patients to wear their retainers for 6 months after -- and then toss them. You can guess how that turned out.

Thanks to insurance, Invisalign is a relatively inexpensive option. It's a slog, but I'm determined to get it done. AGAIN. And then the retainers will be my new BFFs.
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Old Today, 05:38 PM
 
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The bones in your jaw narrow as you get older. Teeth stay the same size; jaw narrows; teeth start crowding. Especially noticeable on the bottom front teeth (look at people speaking up close on TV). Wearing the retainer at night keeps them in place.
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