Lost Your Retainer?

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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! 

How Long Should I wear My Retainer?

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how long should I wear my retainer - Lyons OrthodonticsYou’ve finally got your braces off! Congratulations! We’re so happy for you and so grateful to have been part of your Just Smile journey. You’re sure to enjoy your new straightened smile, and of course, enjoy some of those foods that you had to avoid. Now that you’re finally free of braces, you’ll need to take good care of your teeth. An important part of your oral care regimen will be wearing your retainer! So, you’re probably wondering how long should I wear my retainer?

Why Wear a Retainer?

This is a question that doesn’t always have one general answer. We know that each patient is special and comes with their own unique challenges. Our teeth are constantly moving and constantly able to be moved and manipulated inside of our mouths. So, this is why it is also why teeth will continue to need support after braces have been removed. Retainers will help keep your teeth in their new positions and help to maintain all of the hard work that was accomplished during your orthodontic treatment.

Types of Retainers

Generally speaking, there are two types of retainers you can get at Lyons Orthodontics – removable retainers and bonded retainers. Removable retainers can be removed for when you need to eat and when they need to be cleaned. Bonded retainers are bonded to your teeth and are not able to be removed. After you’ve had your braces removed, your retainer can provide further support and stabilization for your teeth and bones, to ensure that your bite and newly aligned teeth don’t change once the braces are off. Dr. Brian Leeson, a cosmetic dentist in St. Petersburg, FL, recommends getting a permanent retainer on the lower teeth to ensure that your smile stays straight.

How Long Should I Wear My Retainer?

Maintaining your new beautiful smile is easy with the help of retainers! The majority of orthodontists will recommend that removable retainers are worn for a minimum of 12 months once the braces come off. Dr. Tim Lyons says urgers the importance of wearing your retainer. Especially after having invested a lot of time and money in your braces.

Sometimes, patients, whether they’ve just had braces on top teeth or have had top braces and lower braces, will need to wear their retainer full time for the first six months after treatment. At the 6-month point, they can switch to wearing the retainer just at night to help maintain that beautiful and straight smile.

We understand that wearing a retainer after you’ve had your braces on for so long can be frustrating. The precise duration of wear will be mostly dependent on the type of orthodontic correction and treatment that you have undergone. In the end, wearing your retainer is worth it because you get to keep your beautiful smile in place.

Do you have questions about braces or retainers? Let our Lyons Orthodontics team know. We are here to help you and your family in any way we can. Please contact us at our Fair Oaks or El Dorado Hills office.