As stated above, I just started wearing my top retainer again after a few years of not wearing it. I wore it only at night when I was wearing it before. I have been wearing it constantly for the past three days, taking it out to brush after meals (I leave it in while eating and am careful about what I eat). After this short time, I have noticed great improvement in my tooth alignment, and I am less sore than I was even this morning.
My plan is to wear it only at night once my teeth are set, as I had done before. I am curious to know if anyone has an estimated time frame as to when that might be, and/or any suggestions regarding my situation. I used to be able to snap it off my teeth with my tongue, and I am guessing that once I can do that again, without any soreness, that my teeth will be in a good position.
I do realize that all my teeth have shifted, as I had worn both top and bottom retainers before, but the bottom one is a mold and therefore has no chance of ever fitting again. I realize my bite will probably be off, but it seems that it won't be a dramatic amount, or I wouldn't have done this. Thank you for reading; I look forward to your input.