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If you wear any kind of orthodontics, it may seem like you will have to contend with your braces or aligners for the rest of your life. But one day, before you know it, the dentist will tell you that your teeth have finally lined up the way they should. So, you’re done, right? Wrong. Sorry, but you will need to wear a retainer until your teeth and jaw ligaments settle into their new positions. You will need to wear your retainer for as long as the dentist prescribes. And you will need to make sure your retainer stays intact. But from time to time accidents happen. So if you do break your retainer, what should you do?

If you have a fixed retainer which as been cemented in place behind your teeth, you may not know that it is broken or damaged until you notice the alignment of your teeth starting to change. If that is the case, you should purchase a mouth guard to wear at night, and stick to soft foods that will not push your teeth out of alignment, and contact the dentist’s office as soon as possible. If your removable retainer has been damaged, bring it in to the office to have it repaired or replaced.

If you are thinking about getting braces for your child or yourself, Drs. Calder and Durr will be happy to see you! If you live in the Spring, Texas area and would like to schedule an appointment at Comfort Dental Excellence, call 281.376.4533. We look forward to seeing you soon!