What should I do if I lose or break my retainer? Retainers are required after orthodontic treatment to help keep your teeth from moving back to their original positions. So you must wear your retainer every day and as instructed!
To keep your retainer in good shape, avoid:
Using a toothpick to clean out food caught in the retainer Biting into hard foods like apples, carrots, and candy with it in Biting on finger nails, which flexes the teeth Chewing ice Grinding or clenching your teeth Pulling too hard on the retainer when flossing
Always store your retainer in its case when it’s not in your mouth. If you do lose or break your retainer, contact our office immediately for a replacement, so that shifting does not occur. Note that we do charge a fee for a new retainer.