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What to do if your Dental Retainer Crack?

Did your retainer just crack? Clear retainers can break, that is one of the down sides of the Essix clear retainers. When removing your retainer you want to be careful not to twist the retainer. The twisting of the retainer is the most common way that a retainer can break. 

Retainer is cracked. Now What?

Essix Retainer Broken
Cracked clear Dental retainer

          Don’t panic your teeth will not shift back to their pretreatment position right away, but you do want to get a new retainer quickly.
          There isn’t a way to repair clear retainers. They will need to be replaced.
          If it’s possible you want to continue to wear the retainers. Even if it’s in two piece it will still help prevent the teeth from shifting.
          See if you have your old dental mold. If you have a mold of your teeth SportingSmiles can use the mold to make you a new retainer.
          Order Essix Plus retainers. The Plus material is 2x as durable as standard material and less likely they will crack again.
          We have expedited option on our website. You want to take the impression as soon as possible to lock in your tooth position.

Soon as you have your new retainers it’s always smart to have a backup set. At SportingSmiles we keep all impressions on file for 1 year. You can reorder another pair at a discounted rate.

How a Retainer is Made Using Your Own Model

 

Do you have an old dental model that you have laying around and want to get a clear Essix retainer made from it? We can use your own models and create you a retainer. Here is the process that a retainer will be made.

We can Dental models that are made from plaster, dental stone, 3d printed models, or even the STL 3d model files.

Clear dental Retainers can be ordered online here: https://www.sportingsmiles.com/orthodontic-retainers.html

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How Long Should My Orthodontic Retainer Last?

This is a hard questions to answer. There is many factors that go in to determining how long the retainer will last.

Care for Retainer- Essix style retainers can yellow in time if they are not cleaned on a regular basis. To prevent your retainers we recommend using a quality cleaning product like fresh guard twice a week. A cleaner will remove all the bacteria and keep your retainers from yellowing and becoming brittle.

Properly taking the retainer off- The most common way for your retainers to break is when you are removing them. When removing the retainers you want to use two hands and put equal pressure on both sides of the retainer. If you only grab from one side of the retainers it will twist the retainer this can cause it to break. There is no way to repair an Essix retainer after it has cracked, they will need to be replaced.

Material used to make retainer- There is a few different brand for clear retainers. At SportingSmiles we use only genuine Essix material. Essix retainers can be made from standard Essix material or from there Essix Plus material. The Essix Plus is a stronger material and will hold up better than the standard material.

Tooth Structure- Everyone’s tooth structure is different. If there is a gap between the teeth this can be weak point for the retainers. You want to be extra careful when removing the retainer if you have a gap between your teeth.

Teeth Grinding- Retainers are not designed to take the stress from teeth grinding or clenching. Teeth grinding can shorten the life span of the retainer significantly. If you are a teeth grinding you might want to upgrade to the Essix Plus material, It will handle the force that teeth grinding puts on the retainer better than the standard Essix material.

Essix Plus Clear retainer

We have had many customers who have had their Essix retainers for 5+ years. Taking good care of the retainers will extend their life span. It is also a good idea to have a backup set in case, they crack. Visit our site at SportingSmiles.com for more information on replacement retainers.