What Should I Do If I Lose Or Damage My Retainers?

Ever wondered what to do when your retainer decides to play hide and seek or suddenly breaks? No need to panic! At Farrow & Dewbre Orthodontics, Dr. Farrow and Dr. Dewbre are well-prepared to swiftly handle these little orthodontic emergencies, ensuring they don’t disrupt your smile’s progress. In today’s blog, we’ll explore the crucial first steps to take if you find yourself retainer-less or with a damaged one, so you’re never left guessing.

Don’t Panic, Here’s What To Do First

The moment you realize your retainer is lost or damaged can be unsettling, but here’s your game plan to keep calm and carry on. First, breathe and remember that at Farrow & Dewbre Orthodontics, help is just a call away. Your next move? Reach for your phone and let us know what’s happened. Our team is ready to guide you through the next steps and set up an emergency appointment if necessary.

  • Gathering the Pieces: If your retainer is broken, collect all the pieces you can find. This could better help us understand the breakage and decide whether or not it can be repaired.

Now, while waiting for your appointment, let’s consider how you can assess the situation at home to provide us with useful details when you call. 

What Should I Do If I Lose Or Damage My Retainers?

Evaluating Your Situation

Once you’ve made that important call to Farrow & Dewbre Orthodontics, take a moment to assess the condition of your retainer more closely. This step is crucial for providing Dr. Farrow and Dr. Dewbre with the details they need to prepare for your visit. If your retainer is cracked or broken, check if parts are missing or if it’s simply bent out of shape. Each detail helps us understand the severity of the issue.

Home Assessment Tips:

  • Visual Inspection: Look for visible signs of damage such as cracks, bends, or warping. Take notes or pictures to show to your orthodontist.
  • Fit Test: Carefully try placing the retainer back in your mouth if it isn’t too damaged. Note any discomfort or difficulty in fitting, but don’t force it if there’s resistance.

With a clearer picture of what’s wrong, you’re better prepared to discuss options during your appointment. Next, we’ll explore the potential solutions available to you at Farrow & Dewbre Orthodontics, from repairs to full replacements. 


Replacement and Repair Options

At Farrow & Dewbre Orthodontics, we are equipped to handle every scenario, whether your retainer needs a quick fix or a complete redo. During your appointment, Dr. Farrow or Dr. Dewbre will carefully assess your retainer’s condition and discuss the best course of action with you.

  • Exploring Your Options:
    • Repair: If your retainer is cracked or bent, we may be able to repair it quickly in our office, depending on the extent of the damage.
    • Replacement: For retainers that are lost or beyond repair, we’ll discuss various replacement options. We’ll consider what type of retainer will best suit your current orthodontic needs, whether it’s a new removable one or a fixed alternative.
  • Quick Turnaround: We prioritize minimizing your time without a retainer, understanding the importance of continuous wear for maintaining your dental alignment.

Once we’ve established the best solution, we’ll move swiftly to get your orthodontic care back on track. Coming up next, we’ll dive into how you can prevent similar issues in the future and maintain your retainer in top condition.

Prevention and Maintenance Tips

Keeping your retainer in top condition is key to ensuring it performs its job without interruption. At Farrow & Dewbre Orthodontics, we want to arm you with all the tips and tricks for retainer care to prevent future mishaps. Here’s how you can safeguard your orthodontic appliance and make sure it lasts as long as possible.

Essential Care Tips:

  • Regular Cleaning: Clean your retainer daily using mild soap and cool water. Avoid hot water and harsh chemicals, which can warp the plastic and damage the appliance.
  • Proper Storage: Always store your retainer in its designated case when not in use. This simple habit can prevent accidental loss or damage.
  • Avoid Heat: Keep your retainer away from high heat sources like car dashboards or windowsills, as excessive heat can alter its shape.
  • Handle with Care: Be gentle when handling your retainer. Avoid bending or twisting it, which can weaken the material over time.

By following these straightforward steps, you can significantly extend the life of your retainer and avoid common pitfalls that lead to damage or loss. Up next, let’s look at how regular visits to Farrow & Dewbre Orthodontics not only help maintain your retainer but also ensure it’s functioning as intended.


The Importance of Regular Check-Ups

Regular visits to Farrow & Dewbre Orthodontics ensure your entire orthodontic treatment is progressing as planned. These check-ups allow Dr. Farrow and Dr. Dewbre to monitor your teeth’s alignment and make necessary adjustments to your retainer or treatment strategy.

Benefits of Routine Orthodontic Visits:

  • Assessment of Wear and Fit: Over time, your retainer may undergo natural wear and tear. Regular inspections ensure it still fits correctly and functions effectively.
  • Adjustments as Needed: If your teeth have shifted, or if your retainer shows signs of wear, adjustments can be made promptly to prevent further issues.
  • Opportunity for Feedback: These visits are a perfect time to discuss any concerns or discomfort you may be experiencing with your retainer.

Regular check-ups help catch potential problems early, saving you time and discomfort while keeping your treatment on track. 

What Should I Do If I Lose Or Damage My Retainers?

Retain Your Perfect Smile!

Remember, whether it’s a lost retainer or just a hiccup in your routine, Farrow & Dewbre Orthodontics is here to help. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us in Oklahoma City, Edmond, Deer Creek or Clinton if you face any issues with your retainer. Schedule a free consultation with Dr. Farrow or Dr. Dewbre today and keep your smile journey on the right track. 

We’re committed to ensuring your smile is always worth showing off!