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Oh No, Did You Lose Your Retainer?!

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We’ve seen it happen a million times…losing your retainer can be the worst! You know just how important it is to wear your retainer. It can happen in an instant. Whether you’ve left it at school or perhaps on a plane, you may start to panic if you can’t find your retainer. Without your retainer, your teeth will gradually move back into their original position. Don’t worry, though, the Lyons Orthodontics team is here to help.

Whether you’re an adult or you’ve finished up with braces, we’ve got a few tips to help get you back into your retainer and keeping your teeth in their straightened position.

First: Stay Calm and Call Your Orthodontist

If you can’t find your retainer, call your orthodontist in El Dorado Hills. Your teeth won’t shift back into the pre-treatment position right away or even after a week or so. However, it’s important to call Lyons Orthodontics as soon as possible. You will need new impressions taken so that your new retainer can be made. Don’t procrastinate! We don’t want to undo all the progress we made!

Getting Your New Retainers Ordered

You may need to pay out of pocket for your replacement retainers, but it will be well worth the investment. Whether you’ve had braces on top teeth or on both your top and bottom teeth, failing to replace your retainer could very well undo all of your time and money invested in your braces.

It can take a few weeks to get your retainer ordered and in your hands, so the sooner you get in to see your Folsom orthodontist, the sooner you’ll get your teeth back on track.

Wearing Your Retainer and Keeping it Secure

If your teeth have begun to shift already, don’t worry about it too much. Your new retainer will help to shift them back in line. Be sure that you keep your retainers stored safely when they are not being worn. Some may find that it’s beneficial to go ahead and order two replacements so that you aren’t ever again without your retainer.

Dr. Brain Leeson, a family dentist in St. Pete Fl, adds that patients should not worry too much about having lost their retainer. We understand that it can be very frustrating, but we will do our best to get your replacement retainer back to you ASAP. If you use Invisalign El Dorado Hills, patients may find that there is a different course of action for a lost aligner tray. As your Invisalign system comes with several aligner trays, you may need to adjust the way that your treatment is approached.

If you’ve lost your retainer, don’t delay calling Lyons Orthodontics. The sooner you call, the sooner we’ll be able to get your teeth back on the straightened track! 

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