Don’t let a lost, broken or ill-fitting retainer undo all the time and money you have spent on orthodontic treatment! Dr. Harris believes that consistency is key when it comes to proper retainer wear and use. Consistently wearing your retainer is the only true way to make sure that your teeth don’t shift from their ideal position. Your retainer is also less likely to get broken and almost impossible to get lost if it’s in your mouth! But, our team understands that accidents happen. If needed, call us right away to make arrangements for replacement retainers to avoid unwanted tooth movement.
People accidentally throw away their retainers all of the time. Many times, people place them in a napkin while they’re eating. It’s really common for that napkin to get thrown away or left on the table when dining out. Retainers are small and can be misplaced easily. We recommend choosing one place that you always put your retainer when you’re not wearing it. Find a special bag, pouch, or spot in your home to store your retainer. And always keep it in its case!
Here are a few more tips to avoid lost retainers:
- Choose a brightly colored retainer or a fun design so that it’s easy to see.
- Always bring the case with you when you’re wearing your retainer, so you avoid losing either one.
- Label your case with your name and phone number so that someone can return it to you if found.
Retainers are small and plastic. It’s not uncommon for them to get broken. Depending on the damage, there may be a chance that we can repair your retainer. So be sure to call us as soon as possible if it does break. The very best way to keep your retainer from breaking it to always store it in its case when it’s not in your mouth!
Here are some other ways to avoid the most common ways we see broken retainers:
- Don’t put your retainer in your pocket. They can get sat on or even forgotten about and melted in the dryer.
- Don’t leave your retainer in the car. The heat from the car can distort or melt the plastic.
- Don’t leave your retainer where pets can get to it. They might think it’s a chew toy!
No Longer Fitting Retainers
Did you know that your teeth can keep moving till you’re in your early to mid-20s? There are several reasons why teeth might still shift after orthodontic treatment. As you continue to grow, so do your jaws and mouth. Which can cause slight changes in the placement of your teeth and your bite. Forgetting to wear you retainer for as few as 3 nights can cause slight movement of your teeth, causing your retainer to not fit properly. Many people lose their retainers only to find them again later and realize that they don’t fit well. Avoiding lost or broken retainers is the best way to avoid teeth shifting.
Here’s how to know if your retainer is no longer fitting properly and you need to call the office:
- Your retainers don’t touch each of your teeth anymore.
- It feels too tight or loose.
- Wearing your retainer feels painful or uncomfortable.
- You begin to experience headaches due to the pressure on your mouth and teeth.
Smile of a Lifetime
We believe that orthodontic treatment is an investment that will last a lifetime. Retainers help greatly in maintaining your new beautiful smile. Be sure to follow the tips and hints above to avoid losing, breaking, causing your retainer to not fit anymore. But again, we understand that accidents happen! If you find yourself needing a new retainer, be sure to call us at (706) 324-5627 as soon as possible to get a replacement. Your smile will thank you!