The front lower gap closed within the first month of using my retainers with the ortho elastic and has not returned since. What a relief! That was one stubborn gap. I’ve become used to having my retainers on at night. It didn’t take long to adjust but is there really a choice in the matter? Dr. B has been tightening my retainers a little here and there. He says they can loosen with regular wear and tear but that it’s a normal occurrence (a snug fit without any discomfort is the ideal). I was so happy when he told me I didn’t need the elastic band anymore. It was slightly annoying to get them on my left and right retainer hooks. I did lose a bunch of elastics as they went flying in the air when I tried to put them on the retainers (which was what I had to do 3-4x per day). My prescribed routine remains the same as the day I received them. I do however go retainer-less most mornings and evenings. I wouldn’t dare go without them at night. Don’t want to ruin all that hard work of 18+ months! As you can tell by the update, I’m still going to the dental office once a month for now. I believe the visit frequencies will probably decrease down the road, of course not counting my dental deep cleanings which are every few months.
*New picture to be posted soon*