I Have to Wear a Retainer

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 48 People

    Bleh.

    the idea of a retainer always seemed really nerdy but i figure hey, its worth it to have straight teeth and like Ynahteb said, i'm not going to waste almost 4 years of  braces. and it DOES matter. i found out the hard way. i was like, dude my teeth arnt going to move so i...
    asdfok asdfok
    18-21, F
    Jul 28, 2008

    Tain Man

    I donโ€™t have to wear them all the time. I also donโ€™t want my teeth to shift, so I make sure I wear them as much as possible. It's better than braces.
    Trident2012 Trident2012
    22-25, M
    Jul 6, 2012

    The Nightmare of Problem Teeth Is Nearly Over

    My teeth were never really that bad, to be honest. They were fairly straight. Just a little horsey like Angelina Jolie and with one tooth higher than the others. I was told my teeth were overcrowded and that I would need braces. I was about 15. The orthodontist gave me such a...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Mar 10, 2009

    I Got My Braces Off Today

    But I was told I still had to wear a retainer or my teeth could go back to the way they were before, which sucked big time. So now I'm wearing a retainer. I have to wear them 24/7 for the next six months and only take them off to eat and brush my teeth. Then after these six...
    deadmoon deadmoon
    22-25, F
    May 25, 2013

    so I recently just got a new retainer

    because the top AND bottom of my other one broke in half (don't do that, they're expensive to replace!) and my new retainer is so tight. my teeth throb and I can't chew for a few hours after taking them out. I wish I would get away with no retainer at all. I've had my braces off...
    lizygurl lizygurl
    18-21, F
    Oct 8, 2014

    So I'm going to be getting braces.

    However, before I do that I need to wear a retainer for a couple of months. It's so uncomfortable! It makes my teeth hurt, I can't speak without sounding weird, plus it makes my jaw stick out. This really doesn't help with my anxiety issues, and I have to wear it 24/7, which...
    isabelfey isabelfey
    22-25, F
    Mar 14, 2015

    Ehh....

    I must admit 2 year and a half of braces made my teeth look wonderful, and I love my smile now. Except my retainer, which is a regular Hawley retainer that I have to wear at night time only. I don't exactly mind the retainer except when I take it out in the morning and huge globs...
    Chasing4flowers Chasing4flowers
    18-21, F
    Sep 14, 2011

    Retainers Are Cool Man!

    So today I got my palate expander out and next week I get my retainer. This is what I reccommend getting for your design and color get a peace sign with purple glitter and bubble gum. That's what I got. It's so cool so next week it'll be my profile pic for now on.
    Coolnewbie Coolnewbie
    16-17, F
    Jun 3, 2013

    Retainer Newbie

    ย I had no idea having a retain was even an option for me. I was denied braces because I apparently didn't need them, but my doctors said I could wear a retainer for two months and that would fix me right up! The problem with my teeth is that I have a gap in the middle of my two...
    seungwon seungwon
    16-17, F
    Apr 6, 2012

    Only at night. It's really annoying.

    But I have perfect teeth as a result so I guess it's worth it lol.
    xxRetroxx xxRetroxx
    26-30, F
    Mar 26, 2015

    Having retainers aren't

    that bad after braces. I play with mines when I'm walking around. Gives me something to do. On the downside, I think retainers are just too much sometimes. All that money for braces and they don't fix your teeth permanently. Lame!
    IllusionaryGentleman39 IllusionaryGentleman39
    22-25, M
    Mar 25, 2015

    Crap!

    I got my braces off in Januray of 07 after nearly 4 years of hell. My teeth were HORRIBLE before I had them, but they looked fabulous afterwards, so I guess it's ok. But the retainers I got didn't realy fit properly, not that I knew. On the top one, the front wire part was...
    Melody08 Melody08
    18-21, F
    6 Responses Sep 26, 2008

    I got my braces taken off yesterday!

    !! (08/27) and I'm still so happy about it!!!! it feels weird tho! I gotten use to having to brush my teeth with all that metal in my mouth I'm legit so proud of myself for not getting any braces stains on my teeth!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜Žโ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ I have to wear retainers now...
    Gabs1997 Gabs1997
    18-21, T
    Aug 28, 2015

    And I flipping hate it

    and always forget to put it in at night
    WentAway WentAway
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jul 1, 2015

    Bit Annoying.

    I have no choice. I am not going to waste 2 1/2 years of wearing braces just to have my teeth go back to the old position. It's really annoying. To eat I have to take it out and then before putting it back in, have to brush teeth and clean the retainer. Haha...
    Ynahteb Ynahteb
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Jul 14, 2008
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