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Re: I got a hawley retainer in my 30s
« Reply #60 on: 10. September 2022, 12:23:00 PM »
I wasn’t actually given a choice of color. She said they only provide these types of appliances in clear color. I’m ok with that as it’s bit more discrete.

I have to wear them 24/7 except when playing contact sports, eating and swimming. I mentioned a few meetings I would find it hard to wear them and she was ok with that. She said drinking was fine but I didn’t ask about tea and coffee, thank for the heads up on that.

She said it was likely I would need a turn on the screws but would need to be gradual and probably only one or two and then the labial bows will be used to straighten everything.

Your retainer sounds very similar to what I have but I think you are right that having the screws definitely makes it thicker. 




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Re: I got a hawley retainer in my 30s
« Reply #61 on: 17. September 2022, 13:18:11 PM »
How is your speech after a week with your new braces?

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Re: I got a hawley retainer in my 30s
« Reply #62 on: 17. September 2022, 15:57:21 PM »
Actually not as good as I thought it would be. It was way worse than I expected when I first got them but I did think I’d get used to speaking with them better than I have. I have got used to having them in my mouth but Still have a big lisp. I’m getting braver wearing them out in public so hopefully with more practice my speech will get better. I have to go back on Tuesday as the occlusal isn’t moulded very well to my bottom teeth so only my back left tooth touches which keeps my jaw open more than it should which might be why it’s still hard to speak, will see if they can fix it

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Re: I got a hawley retainer in my 30s
« Reply #63 on: 21. September 2022, 20:54:46 PM »
Had my appointment today. But disappointed as I thought they would redo the top brace But she just shaved some of the back part of the occlusal off and it does sit a bit better but not perfect. That’s it now, will go back in 9 months and get all the occlusal shaved off and then can keep wearing the top brace as a retainer at night.

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Re: I got a hawley retainer in my 30s
« Reply #64 on: 23. September 2022, 09:24:36 AM »
So will you not have any supervision during minor straightening of your incisors? I didn't during the brief period my retainer was resolving relapse. for most of the time, I have been wearing it solely for retention and am now down to part time wear..

Did your ortho turn or ask you to turn your expansion screws?

Do you mind if I ask you how much you have paid this ortho?

All the best with your modified retainer. I hope your speech is improving.

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Re: I got a hawley retainer in my 30s
« Reply #65 on: 23. September 2022, 10:38:12 AM »
To fix the two crooked teeth I’ll need a few turns still, but they will be like quarter turns. Then small tweaks to the labial bows. She won’t be doing anything more with the occlusal part. I was hoping that she would make the brace again but instead just shaved it a bit and now that it sits better she said that will do. I’m still not happy with it but I’m not the ortho so will listen to her.

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Re: I got a hawley retainer in my 30s
« Reply #66 on: 05. November 2022, 21:46:17 PM »
2 months in and all going ok. Fairly used to them now but it’s still quite embarrassing! Talking much better. Had my 2nd adjustment, slow progress but progress being made. Still not quite used to the concept of having removable braces but I’m definitely more comfortable than I was. 2nd adjustment was to activate the appliance and adjustment to the labial wire. Was slightly tender after but not too bad.

To answer @embracer they cost about £400 each brace so £800 in total.

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Re: I got a hawley retainer in my 30s
« Reply #67 on: 31. December 2022, 19:11:30 PM »
Happy new year everyone. I never though 2022 Would be the year I got a brace but 2023 I’ll have the complete smile, wishing you all a prosperous 2023 and straight smiles :)
I have another appointment in Jan for the ortho to make some more adjustments. Still a while to go wearing the brace but I’m really used to having it in now. I won’t agree with people who say you barely notice you are wearing them after a while because you definitely do notice them, but it is much less noticeable.

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Re: I got a hawley retainer in my 30s
« Reply #68 on: 03. January 2023, 17:25:57 PM »
@retainer101 Glad you took the jump and looking forward to seeing your progress throughout 2023!

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Re: I got a hawley retainer in my 30s
« Reply #69 on: 03. January 2023, 19:22:57 PM »
How did you choose removable over fixed braces ? I am wearing braces myself but I preferred fixed as I can't cheat and also easier to handle I think

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Re: I got a hawley retainer in my 30s
« Reply #70 on: 04. January 2023, 14:11:44 PM »
Have you activated the screws yet?

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Re: I got a hawley retainer in my 30s
« Reply #71 on: 04. January 2023, 22:19:24 PM »
How did you choose removable over fixed braces ? I am wearing braces myself but I preferred fixed as I can't cheat and also easier to handle I think
definitely easier to handle in that you don’t have an option. It was the appliance my ortho suggested would work best. The occlusal coverage is the important part that she can adjust to align my molars. I generally take her advice right or wrong.

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Re: I got a hawley retainer in my 30s
« Reply #72 on: 04. January 2023, 22:23:20 PM »
Have you activated the screws yet?
my ortho does it rather than me as she I’m only doing 1/4 turns and not many of them so she is controlling it. It’s hard to expand the jaw at my age so this is only creating a small bit of space so the labial now can be adjusted to make the minor changes needed on my front teeth, the real bit is addressing my molars which the occlusal coverage is doing

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Re: I got a hawley retainer in my 30s
« Reply #73 on: 05. January 2023, 09:56:19 AM »
definitely easier to handle in that you don’t have an option. It was the appliance my ortho suggested would work best. The occlusal coverage is the important part that she can adjust to align my molars. I generally take her advice right or wrong.

I see and how do you feel about it wearing it non stop ?

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Re: I got a hawley retainer in my 30s
« Reply #74 on: 05. January 2023, 13:06:37 PM »
I see and how do you feel about it wearing it non stop ?
At first I was so scared and wasn’t too happy at all but if you throw yourself in and get passed the first week or two then it does become slightly easier and while still very embarrassing it is amazing how much you grow in confidence with it in. Eating with them is still tricky and so having to wear them full time for that is pretty annoying! Sometimes I can’t manage so just take them out.