By peacechick71 - United States - Trenton
Today, my grandma threw away my clear retainer thinking it was plastic from packaging. She has done this three times now. They cost 300 dollars to replace. FML
peacechick71 tells us more :
Hey guys OP here. To answer some questions, yes I have told my grandmother various times that I have a retainer, and that it looks like packaging and to not throw it away. I do keep it in a plastic case but I only wear it at night so when I am out shopping for her or walking her animals she snoops in my stuff. I have tried keeping it in my room to keep away from her but the door always "accidentally" opens and her animals find it and play with it because animals like the saliva taste on the retainer, it is then she thinks it's packaging and throws it away.
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  Mauskau  |  35

You don't need it all the time. After having your braces off you need them in all the time for a couple of months, and then you have to wean your teeth off of it by dropping to 6 days a week, then after a month or so, 5 days a week etc. until you get to one day a week. I think you have to do it until its once a month etc but I've had mine off for four years now and I'm still on once a week as my teeth hurt otherwise.

  jmacfan1  |  16

Actually for the first two months it's all the time. After that it's every night for who knows how long. Got my braces of 5 years ago and I'm still wearing my retainers everynight

By  alycion  |  38

If you are leaving it out without a case, ydi. You have to learn to take care of expensive things better. If it's in a case, which I doubt, then she needs to learn to stop snooping while cleaning. You can get a denture case for a couple of bucks at most pharmacies. It's also nice since you can soak it to clean it.