I’ve had braces TWICE. Yes, twice. The first time was for my front teeth, before all my molars had fallen out.
Once I had all my adult teeth, I was back in braces a second time.
My first retainer was a plastic (?) mold that sat behind my teeth, and a mold across the roof of my mouth. It had wire across the front of my teeth to keep them straight. Actually, now that I think about it- I had that type of retainer both times. Eventually the wire popped out. I stopped wearing my retainer and my teeth shifted.
Thankfully I went back to the same orthodontist who did a brief period of Invisalign for me, and I’m back to having straight teeth again.
BUT! One thing I’ve ALWAYS known was- you can take your retainer (and Invisalign) out.
Apparently, this guy didn’t know that. And wore his retainer for FIVE YEARS.
Y’all. I want to vomit. That is SO gross. And I feel terrible for this guy as well. Like, who failed you? Did you not pay attention when the orthodontist was fitting you for this? Did your parents not tell you?
He thought the orthodontist GLUED the retainer in. He got the retainer when he was 18. Old enough to know better, you’d think.
And does he not have friends or family to help him out? It took his boyfriend telling him that it could be removed… and then removing it for him.
From the video you can tell just how gross the retainer is. How did he not realize food and stuff was staining it?
I am a little skeptical, only because when the retainer came out, his teeth are unusually white. I can’t imagine that happening if food and drinks were getting in there and sitting on his teeth.
But I’m not a dentist or orthodontist.
What’s something you learned later in life? Hopefully nothing too disgusting like this.
Here’s the video- warning, not for the weak stomachs!