Replacement Retainers

An orthodontic therapist discusses retainers with a patient
Anchal Puri headshot, Specialist Orthodontist

Anchal Puri

Specialist Orthodontist


1 March 2024
3 min read

Lost or damaged retainers? We've got you covered with replacement retainer options

Retainers are crucial in keeping your smile straight and healthy for longer. Your retainers are custom made just for your smile and must be worn regularly to keep your teeth in their ideal position.

If you've found yourself in the unfortunate circumstance of losing or damaging yours, we can help with a quick, simple and affordable service for replacement retainers.

Firstly, it's important to understand the impact a missing or broken retainer can have. Without a retainer, teeth that have been carefully aligned may begin to shift back to their original positions. Not only can these changes affect the appearance of your smile, but it can also impact your oral health and overall well-being.

Maintaining your smile is easier than using orthodontic treatment to again align your smile. Therefore, it's crucial to address lost or damaged retainers promptly to preserve the investment made in achieving a straight and beautiful result.

At Windmill Orthodontics, we use the latest scanning technology to create custom retainers tailored to your unique dental needs. With our advanced 3D scanners or traditional impressions, we capture detailed records of your teeth and mouth. These records allow our team to make retainers that fit accurately and comfortable. Whether opting for a digital scan or traditional impressions, rest assured that our process is efficient and thorough, ensuring a perfect fit.

Don't let a lost or damaged retainer derail your smile. We can supply you with replacement retainers from any of our practices across the North: in Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside and Ashington in the North East; or York and Bedale in North Yorkshire.

We make retainers for our own patients or those who've had treatment elsewhere - simply get in touch with us here to arrange an appointment.

Orthodontic retainers play an important role by maintaining the results achieved through braces or aligners. After completing orthodontic treatment, the teeth need time to stabilise in their new positions. This is where retainers come into play.

Retainers are custom-made appliances typically made of plastic or metal that are designed to hold teeth in place. They help prevent teeth from shifting back to their original positions, ensuring that the straightened teeth remain aligned.

Orthodontists often recommend wearing retainers full-time immediately after treatment, gradually transitioning to wearing them only at night over time. The duration of retainer wear varies depending on individual factors, but in many cases, they are worn for several months to years to maintain the desired results.

Patients are advised to clean their retainers regularly and store them in a protective case when not in use to prevent damage or loss.

From time to time, retainers can need replacing:

  • Loss: Retainers are small and can easily be misplaced or lost, whether accidentally thrown away, left behind, or misplaced during travel or daily activities.
  • Damage: Retainers can become damaged due to accidents, such as accidentally stepping on them, leading to cracks, breaks, or warping that affects their effectiveness.
  • Wear and Tear: Over time, retainers can experience wear and tear from regular use, including gradual deterioration of materials or components, which may necessitate replacement.
  • Poor Fit: Changes in jaw or teeth alignment over time can result in a poor fit - causing discomfort.
  • Outgrowing: With younger patients, growth or changes in dental development may result in outgrowing the current retainer

Overall, retainers are essential tools in orthodontic treatment, ensuring that the investment in achieving a straight and beautiful smile is preserved for years to come.

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