What to do if you lost your retainer (how to keep your teeth from shifting)

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What to do if you lost your retainer (how to keep your teeth from shifting)

#1 Post by bbsadmin » Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:06 pm

"I lost my retainer! How do I keep my teeth straight?"

First of all, don't panic! Contact your dentist or orthodontist and make an appointment to get a new retainer made. If you have been wearing your retainer consistently and your orthodontist still has the molds, impressions, or electronic measurements for your retainer, it's possible that a new one can be made without you even going into the office.

It might take a week or two to get your new retainer. Until then, you can buy Stay Tray at DentaKit.com and it will hold your teeth in their proper positions. You can get it at: https://www.dentakit.com/staytray.html Stay Tray is a temporary solution for lost retainers -- it's not intended to be used as a long-term solution.

It's important to continue wearing your retainer on a regular basis, even if you had your braces off years ago. Teeth are dynamic, and they WILL shift over time due to the forces of your jaw.

A set of new retainers often costs anywhere from $100 to $250.
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