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

Here at Johnson Orthodontics, it’s our mission to keep you smiling from the moment you meet us to the rest of your life. That’s why we’re so passionate about retainers – they’re important, y’all! The following blog post was written to answer any questions you may have about what to do if you lose or damage your retainer. The short answer? Give us a call! Read on for the long answer. 

Retainers Matter! 

Retainers really are the most important component to keeping your smile perfect after treatment. At Johnson Orthodontics, we want you to understand just how vital these tools are for your orthodontic care. Here’s a breakdown of why they’re essential and what could happen if you don’t use them properly.

Why Retainers Matters 

Once you’ve completed your treatment with braces or Invisalign, your teeth naturally try to shift back to their original positions. Unfortunately, this rebound effect will 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.

Use Your Retainer — Or Else! 

Not wearing your retainer can also lead to several dental issues. Teeth that begin to shift back not only affect your smile’s appearance but can also cause problems with your bite alignment. This misalignment often leads to discomfort, difficulty in chewing, and occasionally even speech impediments. By wearing your retainers as instructed by Dr. Johnson and the team, you will protect your smile, your investment, and the health of your teeth long-term.


What Should I Do if I Lose or Damage My Retainers

How to Deal With Lost & Damaged Retainers 

Accidents happen! But remember, It’s important to act fast if you lose or damage your retainer to prevent any setbacks in your orthodontic treatment. Here’s what you should do to cut off any potential issues before they start and how to get back on track with the help of Johnson Orthodontics quickly.

What to Do First 

If you notice that your retainer is lost or damaged, the first thing you should do is 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.

Contacting Johnson Orthodontics 

Reach out to us at Johnson 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—getting in touch quickly is key to maintaining your smile’s progress.

What to Do in Case of an Emergency

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 Johnson Orthodontics, we’re here to support you every step of the way to ensure your treatment is successful and your smile stays beautiful.


What Should I Do if I Lose or Damage My Retainers

Options for Retainer Replacement and Repair

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 Johnson Orthodontics can help you get your treatment back on track quickly and efficiently.

Assessment and Replacement Process

First, we’ll assess the damage and/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.

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

Get in Touch for More! 

Johnson Orthodontics is Rehoboth Beach’s trusted orthodontic resource for a reason, and we’re here for whatever you need! We’re a family, not a factory, and Dr. Johnson and the whole team can’t wait to help you find the smile of your dreams, and your consultation is always free! We can’t wait to hear from you!