Posted on: September 18th, 2018
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How do I fix a broken retainer?

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If you own model glue and bailing wire – just leave it in the drawer, Mr Fixit.  Orthodontic retainers are custom fit to your teeth.  They hold your straight teeth in place and prevent unwanted tooth movement.  Any physical change to your retainer can move your teeth in the wrong direction.  Why risk damaging your smile to save a few bucks.  If you break your retainer – stop blaming your brother, your sister, or the family pet.  Just choose one of these two options below:  

Option #1:  Contact your doctor and explain the type of damage by phone.  Some types of retainers can be permanently fixed by your doctor or a lab technician.  Some retainers can only be temporally fixed while you wait for a new one.  Don’t put off that phone call.  Time is ticking, and your teeth are moving.  Orthodontists can explain all your options before you drive across town to their office.  

Option #2:  Enroll in REATAIN™ retainers for life program (RFL) and reduce your annual replacement cost for retainers.  Once enrolled, a new retainer is only $59 plus shipping.  And you can save even more on gas money because we ship your retainers directly to your home.  No more visits to the doctor’s office.  You can order up to three sets of retainers in one shipment – so keep a back-up retainer on hand for a rainy day. 

Remember to budget for replacement retainers.  While clear retainers can survive for many years if treated properly, they will not last forever.  And they can discolor and start to smell over time.  You can easily lose or break your retainer, so create a plan to replace them every year or two.  After investing time and money to straighten your teeth, don’t let them drift without a retainer to hold them in place.  With proper care of your retainer and budgeting of family finances, your straight smile can last forever.   

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