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Hi, I'm David Rothstein, a board certified orthodontist and the creator of this site, Clear Retainers. If you're like me and you have teenage children or if you remember what it was like when you were young, you know how much has changed in the field of orthodontics. Gone are the old ugly metal braces retainers and here to stay are the beautiful clear retainers. I hope to fill this site with useful information to help you make the right choices when it comes to clear retainers. And for sure, leave a comment or question. I love it when visitors participate. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your stay.

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Keeping Your Teeth Aligned Before Replacement Retainers Arrive

After wearing braces for a certain period in order to align your teeth, there will be a need for you to wear a retainer. Braces are used to align the teeth in proper position, however once the braces are taken off, there is a possibility that the treatment may relapse and the teeth may become crooked again. Therefore, in order to prevent this, dentists recommend patients to wear retainers after braces in order to hold their teeth in the proper realigned place. There are some people who are careless and have a very bad habit of leaving the retainer around the house and then forgetting to either wear them or putting them in a retainer box, and as a result they misplace their retainers. Misplacing your retainer can cause your teeth to move back to its original place and become crooked again. However, if you have misplaced or lost your retainer, there are a few steps that you can take in order to make sure that your teeth do not move before getting replacement retainers.

First of all, you need to contact your orthodontist immediately and inform him that you have lost your retainer and are in need of replacement retainers. This is the only way to make sure that teeth stay in place as the dentist’s office can arrange for replacement retainers promptly. Your orthodontist understands that before the replacement retainers arrive, every day that goes by without wearing retainers means that the teeth are shifting back to its earlier position and thus, undoing years of good orthodontic work.

Next, ask your orthodontist for advice on what you can do in order to prevent your teeth from shifting until the replacement retainers arrive. Even though there may not be much that one can do to keep one’s teeth in place until the replacement retainers arrive, it is advisable to ask in case that he may have a few do’s and don’ts for you in order to prevent movement of your teeth before the replacement retainers are acquired.

You should ask the orthodontist for a temporary solution while waiting of the replacement retainers. Using a clear aligner is one such solution that one can use before the replacement retainers are procured, although, it is recommended to ask the dentist or orthodontist if this is a good alternative before doing so. Otherwise, it could cause more harm than good. It is essential to avoid stress on your mouth, which includes grinding or clenching your teeth together. Doing so will cause the muscles in your mouth and jaw to stretch and extend, which will further cause your teeth to move. Even though this might seem like a small thing, until you have the replacement retainers, you must take the necessary precautions in order to avoid moving your teeth.

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