Your Options Your best option is to get a new retainer made as soon as possible if your broken retainer can’t be repaired. If you are unable to visit your orthodontist, you may be able to ask them to remake your retainer based on their records if you haven’t had it for a very long.
Broken Retainer – call us right away since not wearing the retainer can lead to dental shifting, but you should not wear a broken retainer. If the retainer is fixed into position on your teeth, cover any sharp pieces with braces wax to protect your other dental structures.
If your permanent retainer breaks, most of the time it is not something extremely urgent. You will likely feel a loose or broken wire or you will feel a shift in one of your composite bonds. If you notice something like this however, you should reach out to your orthodontist to have it repaired in a timely manner.
If not – or if the permanent retainer breaks or falls off and needs to be replaced – this cost will be separate from the cost of original orthodontic care. This can cost anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the specifics of your case and the orthodontist you seek out for care.
Estimated costs and comparison chart for types of retainers
|Type||lingual wire, fixed, or bonded retainer (permanent)||clear plastic retainers (removable): Essix, Vivera, Zendura|
|Material||metal wire: usually copper, nickel, titanium, or a combination||plastic or polyurethane|
|How long it lasts||indefinitely||6–12+ months|
The First 3-6 Months: During this time, retainers should be worn for 22 hours a day or more. The only time they should be removed is to brush and floss or to eat. Your orthodontist will continue to monitor your progress before approving you to wear them at night only.
Retainers can break easily because they are made of plastic and wires, so it is essential that they are taken care of in a safe and caring manner. They should always be kept in a case when not in use and should be out of reach of toddlers and pets.
Partly because the skill and material required to produce one isn’t cheap, especially when the office sends it to a lab to have it made. It’s not horrendously expensive either, but a dental office is also a business with a high overhead so they have to make money somehow!
You can do that with removable retainers or permanent retainers. We combat this with a retainer as soon as your braces come off, and you’ll have to commit to wearing your retainer every day. Your teeth not only move when young, but they naturally drift as you age.
Because teeth begin to shift naturally as we age, a permanent retainer typically offers better long-term results for teeth straightening than a removable one. Temporary retainers get lost or are forgotten on trips, and often fail to get used as often as they should be. One drawback to permanent retainers is flossing.
The good news is that the orthodontist probably has kept the patient’s retainer molds. The new retainer can be shipped down to the vacation spot, or the patient’s usual orthodontist can refer them to a local orthodontist.
Please do not attempt to fix your broken retainer by yourself! Using super glue or other household adhesive is not a proper solution. Additionally, you will not be able to ensure that your retainer will remain effective.