Braces at 30 - Hawley and Essix retainers
Welcome to my latest braces at 30 update.
Yet another appointment for my teeth! I'm becoming part of the furniture at my orthodontist, I swear!
I had four teeth appointments in just one week recently.
The last of these four was to pick up my metal Hawley retainer for my top teeth which is a totally different style to the clear Essix retainer I already have.
I also got my first retainer for my bottom teeth which is the clear Essix style retainer. In this blog post I will share my first impressions of my new retainers.
Here’s my last update if you missed it: My latest braces at 30 update – No more braces after 28 months (but it's not over yet)
Hawley retainer photos with two false teeth
Hawley retainer on top, Essix retainer on bottom
Hawley on upper and Essix on lower!
What happened at my Hawley and Essix retainer fitting appointment?
So, if you read my recent blog post titled 12 reasons I hate the clear plastic Essix retainer then you’ll know I really detest this plastic retainer!
It’s starting to split and as I had my peg tooth extracted, I needed a retainer with two false teeth instead of one. The dentist simply added some filling material to the retainer but it’s not fixed in and only temporary. I find the clear retainer really disgusting in the day to wear as it fills with spit and gives me bad breath, among other things, so I thought perhaps the metal Hawley retainer would be better.
Oh, how wrong I was.
I hate the metal Hawley retainer even more!
Here's why I hate the Hawley retainer:
- It feels giant in my mouth! It has a plastic plate that goes on the roof of the mouth, but the front part which is behind the teeth curves downwards instead of upwards, which seems illogical to me. So it doesn’t fit the shape of the roof of my mouth.
- Instead, it is constantly on my tongue so it’s impossible to talk. I sound ridiculous!
- The false teeth are also crap. I know they don't custom make them when it's just for a retainer, they just find the closest size they can from what they have in stock, but these are so jagged they look like broken teeth in my mouth! They look ridiculous.
- It also doesn’t feel as tight as the clear plastic Essix retainer. I’ve been wearing the metal one at night times only and then changing into the plastic one in the morning and that feels tight. So I’m sure the Hawley one is too loose.
I’m going to the dentist today to pick up my denture so I’ll ask if I can order another clear plastic retainer with two teeth in from them, but I may have to go back to the orthodontist to order one. They cost £100 to replace!
I do find the see-through Essix retainer really grotesque, but at least it’s more comfortable to wear and I can talk properly!
So, at the moment here’s what I’m wearing:
- Day time: Essix retainer on top, Essix on bottom
- Night time: Hawley on top, Essix on bottom (over the permanent retainer - I have a permanent retainer behind my six front teeth at the bottom)
Once I pick up my denture today, providing it fits and looks OK, then I’ll be able to wear that at the top in the day times and finally be able to eat in front of people! Woohoo! Fingers crossed the denture is good!
(Update, the NHS denture was hideous!! Read all about it in this blog post: The partial denture disappointment)
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