Question: Do you feel as if your orthodontist is taking advantage of you? You’re 23, right? You have some sense of something going on.
Then it might be a good idea on your own dime (ie, paying your way) for you to seek the advice of a general dentist and ask him or her, “Hey, Doc, do you think I still need to wear this retainter? Why or why not?” Unless he or she comes up with something like, “Yes, you will be extremely bucktoothed and resemble a bad cartoon for the rest of your life if you don’t, and you will have to be fed by a tube by the time you’re 30,” then stop wearing the retainer.
People often seek a second opinion medically, but fail to do so when it comes to dentistry. They simply assume the dentist knows. I know of several horror stories of people fitted for braces they wore for YEARS, a person who had her gums sliced open on the pretense of periodontal disease (none was ever there when she got a second opinion), and perfectly healthy teeth pulled because of the gums without trying to perform antibiotic treatment first.
I am very glad we have our dentist. If it were OK with CA, I would pubish his name and number all over the Internet. He is fair. He takes a conservative approach. He stays up on modern methods. He does not correct every mouth flaw on the basis of cosmetics. He is reasonable about his prices.
IT TOOK TIME TO FIND HIM, just as it takes time to find a good doctor, or even a good auto technician (mechanic).
PS: I’m in my late 40s and still have my wisdom teeth, not in a jar. They do not give me any trouble.