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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 to get a replacement retainer

Did your dental retainer crack, break, or is lost? If you lost your retainer you don’t want to put off getting a replacement retainer. Your teeth can start to shift without a retainer being worn. If your retainer is cracked or broken you want to continue to try to wear it if possible while ordering a new retainer.

You can get your replacement retainer 2 ways:

  1. Dentist or Orthodontics: Your dentist or orthodontics can make you a replacement retainer. The price from a dentist fluctuates greatly depending on location and dentist. This cost can be anywhere from $200 to $600 per retainer.
  1. Order Online: Order a self-impression kit online at SportingSmiles.com and take your impression at home and mail it directly in to a dental lab to be created. This cuts out the middle man while still getting the same quality product. Upper and Lower retainers cost $95 with shipping included.
SportingSmiles Impression Kit
SportingSmiles Impression Kit

Clear Essix style retainers can’t be repaired when they are cracked. If you have Hawley wire retainers a dental lab might be able to repair them instead of replacing the retainer. After you get your replacement retainers it is always a good idea to have a spare set. SportingSmiles has the ability to reorder upper and lower retainers for $65 after the initial set has been ordered.