What Should I Do if I Lose or Damage My Retainers?

When you change your smile, you change your life! Those aren’t just words to the team at Wiesemann Orthodontics – we really believe that! And one key when it comes to keeping that beautiful smile post-treatment is the retainer! But what should I do if I lose or damage my retainer? Read on to find out! 

Retainers – More Important than You Think!

Did you know that retainers really are the single most important thing when it comes to keeping your smile perfect after treatment? It’s true! The American Association of Orthodontists proves it! At Wiesemann Orthodontics, we want you to know just how important these tools are for your orthodontic care. Here’s why they’re essential and what could happen if you don’t use them properly.

Keeps Things Straight! 

Once you’ve completed your treatment with braces or Invisalign, your teeth naturally try to shift back to their original positions. This rebound effect can undo all the hard work and time you’ve invested in aligning your teeth. That’s where retainers come in—they hold your teeth in their new, correct positions while the surrounding gums and bones stabilize. Without a retainer, you’re at risk of losing the beautiful results you and your orthodontist worked so hard to achieve.

Don’t Skip Out! 

Skipping your retainer can cause all sorts of issues with your new smile! Teeth that begin to shift back don’t just affect your smile’s appearance but can also cause problems with your bite alignment. This misalignment can lead to discomfort, difficulty in chewing, and even speech impediments in some cases. By wearing your retainer as instructed by Dr. Wiesemann and the team, you protect your smile and the health of your teeth long-term.


What Should I Do if I Lose or Damage My Retainers?

Lost & Damaged Retainers 

If you lose or damage your retainer, don’t worry, accidents happen! The most important thing is simply to act fast if you lose or damage your retainer to prevent any setbacks in your orthodontic treatment. Here’s what you should do first to cut off any potential issues before they start and how to get back on track quickly with the help of Wiesemann Orthodontics.

Do This First 

If you notice that your retainer is lost or damaged, you should first assess any immediate changes in your teeth. While minor shifts might not be instantly noticeable, it’s important to avoid any actions that could exacerbate potential shifting. For instance, try to avoid chewy or hard foods that might strain your teeth further. Keep a close eye on any changes in your bite or the alignment of your teeth, and document them to share with your orthodontist.

Get in Touch! 

Reach out to us at Wiesemann Orthodontics as soon as you can. The sooner you let us know about your situation, the faster we can help you address it. We’ll guide you through the next steps, whether it’s scheduling an appointment to fit a new retainer or providing temporary solutions to manage your treatment until you can come in. Don’t hesitate— quickly getting in touch with our team is key to maintaining your smile’s progress.

Dealing with Emergencies

In the event of an orthodontic emergency related to your lost or damaged retainer, it’s important to know how to handle the situation until you can get professional help. Keep calm and remember the tips we’ve discussed for managing minor discomfort or initial tooth movement. If you’re traveling or can’t reach us immediately, we can recommend trusted orthodontic specialists in your area who can provide the necessary interim care.

Taking prompt action and staying informed about how to care for your orthodontic health in unexpected situations like losing or damaging your retainer can make a big difference in the outcome of your treatment. At Wiesemann Orthodontics, we’re here to support you every step of the way to ensure your treatment is successful and your smile stays beautiful.

Replacing Your Retainer 

If you find yourself with a lost or damaged retainer, don’t worry—there are plenty of options to fix or replace it. Here’s how we at Wiesemann Orthodontics can help you get your treatment back on track quickly and efficiently.

Getting Things Straight! 

First, we’ll assess the damage or discuss the circumstances of your lost retainer. It’s crucial to replace it quickly to prevent your teeth from moving. Contact us right away, and we can arrange for a replacement retainer to be made as soon as possible. If it’s a simple repair, we might be able to fix it in a single visit. We understand that each case is unique, so we’ll tailor our approach to meet your specific needs.

While You Wait 

While you wait for your new retainer, it’s important to prevent your teeth from shifting. We might recommend temporary solutions to help keep your teeth in place. These could include wearing a previous retainer if it still fits or using other temporary orthodontic devices. Remember to stop problems before they start by following our guidance closely during this interim period.

It’s easy to handle a lost or damaged retainer smoothly; just be sure to keep in touch! 


What Should I Do if I Lose or Damage My Retainers?

Reach Out for Help! 

Wiesemann Orthodontics, Dr. Wiesemann, and the whole team care about smiles in and around our Bowling Green, White House, Russellville, and Portland offices. If you need help with your smile, don’t wait – give us a call! Your consultation is free of charge, and you’ll love our friendly and professional outlook.

We’re looking forward to meeting you!