A Visit to the Dentist

I was born with teeth that like to migrate (fun!). I won’t even tell you the amount of money that has been spent on orthodontia for me. It’s embarrassing. About five or six years ago, I got permanent retainers cemented behind my upper and lower teeth to hold them in place. I wear a molded plastic retainer at night, too. (I’m supposed to wear it every night, but I am lazy. I only wear it about 2x per week.) A few weeks ago, I was brushing my plastic retainer in an attempt to clean it. And then, snap! The bottom half broke in two.

I emailed the Peace Corps and they made a dentist appointment for me a few days later. I wasn’t sure what to expect from a Kosovar dentist. But, it ended up being one of the most efficient dental appointments I’ve ever had. I was in and out in 15 minutes, and my new retainer was ready to be picked up the next day!

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The staff was nice and spoke English. That was helpful, as my dental vocabulary in Shqip is very limited. I know how to say teeth (“dhemb” [pronounced like the English word them with a b sound on the end]), but that’s it.

The dentist even offered to steam clean the non-broken half of my retainer. He was like, “Umm, this is disgusting.” And I was like, “Umm, I never clean it.” (And see what happened when I tried to clean it? I broke it!)

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Anyway, it was a pleasant experience. If anyone has any helpful tips on how to clean retainers, please share. I’ve tried denture cleaning tabs with only so-so results, and I’ve tried to brush them with toothpaste. Mostly, I just run them under warm water. 🙂

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