Retainer check again this morning went well. I asked about the lower gap issue and the ortho suggested that I pop in the bottom retainer a couple times during the day for an hour or two, to 'train' that gap to stay closed..much like training a dog
.. Well bow wow woof!!
I also asked about the clasp on the upper left retainer that was making a new home in my gum line, and that was an easy magic plier fix.
Biggest concern was the tubing on both retainers becoming stained and having calcus deposits despite religious cleanings. Ortho snipped off the offending ugliness and gave me a few curls of 'tooth colored' tubing, that I can go blind trying to carefully split with a blade and slide on/off..as a trial run. If it works, guess I'll need a spool of the stuff one I'm released from regular appointments (which might be after the next one
). Wish me luck playing with the sharp objects!!!
Update: cuticle scissors did the trick..tubing is clear once stretched over the retainer bow..seems a tighter fit than the previous tubing..onto gap training..'close boy, atta boy, close up for a yummy num num..good boy'