Lost retainers

Help! I’ve lost my removable retainers, what should I do?

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Retainers: a patient’s best friend

Without retainers, that year or two you spent wearing braces could well be for nothing. Retainers are responsible for making sure that your teeth don’t move following orthodontic treatment, keeping your confident new smile on the straight and narrow. Without retainers, your teeth will slowly move back towards their pre-treatment position, an outcome that we’re sure you are as keen as us to avoid!

Losing your retainers

But for all their good points, the bad news is that your removable retainers are (understandably) discreet and consequently hard to find if they do get misplaced! And unfortunately it’s not uncommon for our patients’ removable retainers to disappear, never to be seen again.

As with most things in dentistry, prevention is better than cure. So when you take your removable retainers out, pop them into their protective case straight away. We also recommend not wrapping your retainers in tissue (they’ll almost certainly find their way into the bin) and make sure you keep them away from pets of all shapes and sizes!

If you are prone to losing things or would just like the convenience of two sets of retainers, you might want to consider buying a spare set when your braces are removed. Just let us know before we take your impressions (moulds of your teeth), and we can arrange for a second set to be made at a reduced price (currently £85).

Keep calm and carry on

Despite your best efforts, you’re only human and losing things (particularly socks) seems almost inevitable sometimes; so here’s our advice on what to do should your retainers go into hiding:

1. Don’t panic: your teeth won’t instantly move back into their pre-treatment position. But do make sure you get in touch with us as soon as you can. You’ll need to come in for new impressions, so give reception a call on 0800 781 0035 during opening hours, so they can get you booked in.

2. Unfortunately the NHS doesn’t supply replacement retainers, so you will be charged for your new removable retainers. A member of our team will be able to give you a fixed price before you book your appointment, so there will be no surprises on the day.

3. Once you’ve been to see us for your impressions, your removable retainers will usually arrive the following week. If your teeth have started to move during this time, your new retainers will gently squeeze them back in line.

But I have fixed retainers; won’t these keep my teeth straight?

Fixed retainer

Fixed retainer

If you had private orthodontic treatment at Total Orthodontics, you will have been provided with fixed retainers as well as removable retainers. Fixed retainers consist of a thin wire, which is permanently attached to the back of your teeth, ensuring they stay put. While fixed retainers provide extra security against relapse (your teeth moving back to where they started), they’re only fitted to the front six teeth, so it’s really important for you to wear your removable retainers as well, as instructed by your specialist orthodontist or therapist.

So, don’t worry if your retainers do become misplaced, you’re certainly not the first patient this has happened to and you won’t be the last. Just make sure you get in touch with us, so we can advise you on the best course of action.

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116 Responses to Help! I’ve lost my removable retainers, what should I do?

  1. Michael 15th December 2015 at 5:40 am #

    Well I left to my brothers soccer game then I came back and I lost my retainers. After that I started freaking out because I didnt know what to do. So then I looked up what to do and found what to do “keep calm and carry on”.

  2. Total Orthodontics 15th December 2015 at 9:32 am #

    We couldn’t agree more 🙂

  3. Harmony 5th January 2016 at 5:58 am #

    I’ve lost my retainer, and while I’m kinda sure I’ll find it, the real worry is if I don’t – my parents will make me pay for at least part of the replacement fee (which is $300). At most I have about $180. Help?

  4. Total Orthodontics 7th January 2016 at 11:07 am #

    Hi Harmony, we hope you managed to find your retainer. When you’re not wearing it pop it straight in its box so it’s less likely to go astray next time. Best wishes, Total Orthodontics

  5. Saf 21st January 2016 at 4:21 am #

    What if my removable retainers don’t fit and have become slightly deformed, would I still need to pay to get new ones? Mine do not fit anymore as my teeth have been moving while still wearing reasoners, this means that my teeth are more directed towards the left and aren’t straight

  6. Total Orthodontics 21st January 2016 at 3:20 pm #

    Hi Saf, If you give us a call on 0800 781 0035 your orthodontic practice will be able to advise you on any charges. Best wishes, Total Orthodontics

  7. Jasmine 31st January 2016 at 12:34 am #

    I loose my retainers all the time but I usually know where they are when I’m looking for them and I find it! But last night I was in bed about to go to sleep then suddenly forgot about my retainer. My teeth move very fast and already I have a gap in the two front teeth(only small) within the space of 2 days. Since they move so fast should I wait and find my retainer or just get new ones? I was literally crying my eyes out because my teeth move so fast and I have waited for so long to get straight teeth help :((

  8. Jasmine 31st January 2016 at 12:35 am #

    Also I should add that I have looked everywhere I have been and can’t find them

  9. Total Orthodontics 1st February 2016 at 8:30 am #

    Hi Jasmine

    Sorry to hear about your missing retainers. If they haven’t turned up it would be worth giving your orthodontist a call. If possible, consider having two replacement retainers made. Then you’ve got a spare in case the first goes missing again. Also, always put your retainer back in its box when you’re not wearing it, then hopefully it should be harder to misplace!

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

  10. shabina 1st February 2016 at 5:20 pm #

    i usually lose my retainers all the time because their clear its hard to tell i at the end i would find them however when i had college today and took off my retainers for lunch but i did not have a container box so i cleaned them and then put them in my pocket. after about 1hr after lunch happened i did not put them back on because my teeth would have put food on them. after college finished i went home and half way through my journey i checked if i had my retainers and what do u know i had them but only one retainer.

    i wanted to ask because i live in the uk and a retainer set costs about £125 what should i do / happens if i can only pay half the price because i get bursary money which is only about £60 every 1/2 months as well as by the time i get my second payment my teeth would have moved by then.

    please help
    would love to hear back from you

  11. Total Orthodontics 1st February 2016 at 7:07 pm #

    Hi Shabina

    We’re sorry to hear that you’ve lost your retainer. Unfortunately there is usually a charge to replace removable retainers. The best thing for you to do is give your orthodontist a call and explain the situation.

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

  12. shabina 3rd February 2016 at 8:45 pm #

    thanks for replying I’ll try and call them tomorrow and try to explain hopefully they will understand

    please help
    would love to hear back from you again

  13. Brigette 6th February 2016 at 11:55 pm #

    Are you located in the us?
    About how much do the retainers cost?
    Thank you

  14. Shakana 11th February 2016 at 6:34 am #

    So basically, i took out my retainers and put them in my retainer case, while my teacher was dismissing us, i took them out because i was going to eat at break. Anyway when i was going to my next lesson,i still wasnt wearing them, i was walking up the stairs so it might of dropped there but i would of noticed. When we got there, it was croweded,but i took out my top retainer,but i couldnt find my bottom one, my teacher let my out of class to lookfor it,but i couldnt find it anyway. It cost £60 each to get a new retainer. What should i do???

  15. Total Orthodontics 11th February 2016 at 11:02 am #

    Hi Brigette, unfortunately we’re over in the UK!

  16. Total Orthodontics 11th February 2016 at 11:04 am #

    Hi Shakana

    If you haven’t managed to find your retainer we recommend replacing it as soon as you can to prevent your teeth from moving.

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

  17. Alexis 28th February 2016 at 3:49 am #

    Hi, I was wondering if I have lost my retainer and do not want to replace them at the orthodontist I’m currently at, is it possible to replace them at a different ortho?

  18. Total Orthodontics 3rd March 2016 at 9:41 am #

    Hi Alexis, yes most orthodontists would be able to provide you with a replacement retainer on a private basis 🙂

  19. Jess 18th March 2016 at 12:42 am #

    When receiving new retainers, will the new impressions be that of your teeth in their current state – i.e. will the position of the teeth in the retainers have relapsed slightly?

  20. Total Orthodontics 23rd March 2016 at 12:42 pm #

    Hi Jess

    We’d need to take a new set of impressions for your replacement retainer. So it would be made to fit your teeth in their current state. We hope that helps.

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

  21. Tiler 5th April 2016 at 12:17 am #

    Hi . I had braces 6 years ago but I lost my retainer a year ago my orthodonist had gotten in a lot of trouble and he is no longer around my teeth have moved and I am freaking out am I able to get a new set of retainers that have been tweeked where it can bring my gap back together

  22. Total Orthodontics 5th April 2016 at 4:34 pm #

    Hi Tiler

    If your current orthodontist isn’t available to see you, we recommend finding another orthodontist in your area who can have a look and advise you on the best course of action. If you are local to one of our practices, please give us a call on 0800 781 0035 and we can organise a consultation.

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

  23. maddy m 10th April 2016 at 11:47 pm #

    Just found my retainer, yay! Thanks for the tips.
    P.S. “Wherefore art thou” means “why are you.” As in, why you gotta be a Montague so that my family hates you. Sorry, it was bothering me 🙂

  24. Robyn 11th April 2016 at 1:50 pm #

    Had my retainers soaking in water to clean and me mums threw then in the bin want to kill her feel weird without them in

  25. Total Orthodontics 11th April 2016 at 5:55 pm #

    Oh no! Get in touch with your orthodontist and they’ll be able to organise a replacement set 🙂

  26. Total Orthodontics 11th April 2016 at 5:58 pm #

    Hi Maddy

    Glad to hear it, quite often they do turn up! And thank you for spotting that error, it was kind of you to point it out so we can change it (now!).

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

  27. Bethany 11th April 2016 at 8:45 pm #

    I got my braces taken off in January, and I got my retainer a week after. I’ve been washing it regularly and I’ve been very careful, but somehow a couple of little chips have formed. Will I need a new retainer? And also, will my teeth start moving because of the small chips? They aren’t very big but they are noticeable, but they aren’t too deep, and I can’t feel my bare tooth through them.Thank you.

  28. Total Orthodontics 12th April 2016 at 11:26 am #

    Hi Bethany

    Based on your explanation you don’t have anything to worry about. Small chips won’t affect the way your retainer works, but if they wear through completely, make an appointment to see your orthodontist.

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

  29. Chantal 15th April 2016 at 9:17 pm #

    Had my braces off 3 years ago and where my retainers three times a week but my dog chewed them and now I can’t wear them they broke Thursday and have to wait till Monday to call for an appointment what should I do?

  30. Total Orthodontics 16th April 2016 at 11:20 pm #

    Hi Chantal

    Sorry to hear that your dog got hold of your retainers! Your orthodontist will need to organise some replacements. Give them a call first thing on Monday and explain what’s happened and hopefully they’ll be able to see you promptly.

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

  31. Josh 16th April 2016 at 11:27 pm #

    Coming to the end of my treatment and have snapped my bottom retainer, what should I do? May only be wearing them until my next visit.

  32. Total Orthodontics 18th April 2016 at 12:34 pm #

    Hi Josh

    Give your orthodontist a call as soon as you can, your teeth could move before your next appointment.

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

  33. Damo 20th April 2016 at 1:29 am #

    The gap in my two front teeth is slowly returning after years of wearing my retainers at night. Can I get a fixed retainer to solve the issue of my gap coming back? And will it also be free?

  34. Total Orthodontics 20th April 2016 at 8:08 pm #

    Hi Damo

    You’d need to speak to your orthodontist to find out if you’re suitable for a fixed retainer. There would be a charge for any kind of replacement retainer.

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

  35. Sarah 21st April 2016 at 1:15 pm #

    I have lost my retainer but my teeth have gone back to the way they was before treatment, I rang for an appointment to get a new one but they said they need to make new impressions. But then I will just have wonky retainers and my teeth won’t be straight? Is there anything I can do other than getting braces again?

  36. Total Orthodontics 21st April 2016 at 5:05 pm #

    Hi Sarah

    Unfortunately you would need to wear braces to straighten your teeth again.

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

  37. Sarah 21st April 2016 at 5:20 pm #

    Is there literally nothing else I can do? Will my dentist not have my after treatment retainer shape on the system? And if not will it cost to get braces back on?

  38. Total Orthodontics 22nd April 2016 at 9:45 am #

    Hi Sarah

    Your original plaster models can’t be reused unfortunately, and it’s likely that there will have been some subtle changes to the position of your teeth and gums.The best thing you can do is make an appointment to see your orthodontist as soon as you can. They can then go through all your options and the costs involved.

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

  39. Lorna Williams 11th May 2016 at 9:02 pm #

    Help I lost my retainers and haven’t told my mum yet and if I did she would get annoyed she had to pay the money for new ones I be looked everywhere helpppp!

  40. Total Orthodontics 12th May 2016 at 8:35 am #

    Hi Lorna

    If you haven’t found them yet you should speak to your mum and orthodontist. Without your retainers your teeth could start to move.

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

  41. Michael 23rd May 2016 at 9:52 pm #

    I have managed to loose my bottom retainer but the top one is still fine, is it possible to just get a new bottom one and if so roughly how much would it cost.

  42. Julia 25th May 2016 at 1:06 am #

    I’m a patient at your practice and I’m getting my braces off soon and so i’ll have to wear retainers. I had a tooth removed so I will be getting two bridges abroad in order to fill in this gap and make my other tooth bigger. All this will be happening after I’ve had my retainers made. Will the retainers still fit after getting the bridge? And if not do I have to pay for new ones?

  43. Total Orthodontics 25th May 2016 at 6:18 pm #

    Hi Julia

    Your retainers won’t fit once you’ve had the bridge unfortunately. If this was part of your original treatment plan there won’t be an extra charge to make a second set, but you should discuss this with your orthodontist at your next appointment. Alternatively, please give us a call on 0800 781 0035.

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

  44. Total Orthodontics 26th May 2016 at 10:28 am #

    Hi Michael

    We can certainly arrange a replacement retainer. We would need to take new impressions, and the cost for a removable retainer would be £180. Please give us a call on 0800 781 0035 if you’d like to arrange an appointment.

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

  45. Beth Haley 6th June 2016 at 12:51 am #

    I think I’ve lost my retainers and it’s been a couple of months but if I tell my parents then they won’t buy me new ones. I’ve looked everywhere and can’t find them at all. I just don’t know what to do. Helppp

  46. Total Orthodontics 6th June 2016 at 9:30 am #

    Hi Beth

    Sorry to hear about your predicament. Without your retainers your teeth could start to move, so we would recommend speaking to an adult or your orthodontist. Best of luck.

    Total Orthodontics

  47. Kiko 15th June 2016 at 8:49 am #

    I lost my retainers for a month now please help

  48. Total Orthodontics 15th June 2016 at 9:57 am #

    Dear Kiko

    We would recommend contacting your orthodontist to organise a new retainer. If you are a patient at Total Orthodontics you can give us a call on 0800 781 0035.

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

  49. Kaitlyn 20th June 2016 at 11:05 pm #

    I lost mine. Do I have to take a mold again if they did it already?

  50. Total Orthodontics 21st June 2016 at 3:18 pm #

    Hi Kaitlyn,

    Yes, your previous set of moulds can’t be used again, and your teeth and gums may have moved very slightly in the meantime.

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

  51. Jamal 29th June 2016 at 6:24 am #

    Do you know an average price for the removable retainers? I’m 12 and I lost mine

  52. Shannon 29th June 2016 at 4:32 pm #

    I haven’t had braces for about 4 years or wore my retainer for 2… Is there any point me paying for a new one?? I had root canal so doesn’t fit anymore. I don’t see any movement but just wanna be sure. And don’t wanna be paying loads for something I don’t need

  53. Total Orthodontics 29th June 2016 at 9:45 pm #

    Dear Jamal

    The price for a replacement removable retainer for private patients is £180. If you are an NHS patient and still under the care of your orthodontist the cost is £70.10.

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

  54. Total Orthodontics 29th June 2016 at 9:54 pm #

    Hi Shannon

    There is the chance that you won’t experience any noticeable movement, but unfortunately without retainers there is no guarantee.

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

  55. Lee 3rd July 2016 at 2:47 am #

    Does that mean the new mould will be modeled on your teeth that have already moved out of shape to prevent it going further out of line or will it push them back straight again like they were before the retainer was lost

  56. Total Orthodontics 4th July 2016 at 10:19 am #

    Hi Lee

    That’s right, your new retainer will be made to fit your teeth at the time we take your new moulds. So if your teeth have already moved they will be held in their new position.

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

  57. Emer Gallagher 6th July 2016 at 2:46 pm #

    Hi, I lost my retainers. About 6 months ago i feared that my retainers were getting a bit shabby after 6 yrs so i brought my mould to an orthodontist to have a new retainer made. He made 2. One which was plastic – of zero use to me and the second which only covers half of my front teeth and goes so far back my neck i gag. On collection i told the orthodontist these were not what i required however he then told me he had broken my mould accidentally. Now that i have no mould and no retainer im wondering is there any way to do something with the plastic and ill fitting retainers he made me? i really do need it to be as near the original as possible as its been years and they have moved even with retainer wear.

  58. Total Orthodontics 6th July 2016 at 7:55 pm #

    Hi Emer

    Sorry to hear about your dilemma. Without seeing your retainers it’s difficult to say whether any adjustments can be made. If you’re local to one of our practices, we can book you in for an appointment to take a look and discuss your options. If you do need to have new retainers made we would need to take some new impressions.

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

  59. Esme 7th July 2016 at 10:46 pm #

    Hello my name is Esme in 11 years old and I have a retainer so my top one was fine but my bottem brace was really hurting to I took it out my mouth and into my pocket and as I was walking around it had fallen out of my poker luckily I realised and looked for it and found it but it was snapped in half because someone had stood on it I am super scared of telling my mum because she will go up the wall what do I do ? Please please help p.s I have a appointment next week and my dentist will see it broken

  60. Total Orthodontics 8th July 2016 at 10:10 am #

    Hi Esme

    Unfortunately accidents do happen. It’s important to organise a replacement retainer,though, so please do speak to an adult.

    Best of luck

    Total Orthodontics

  61. reema 17th July 2016 at 5:52 am #

    hi, I’m Reema. I have fixed routainers and use removable at the same time. last night I lost my removable routainers. will the fixed routainers maintain my teeth from moving until I get a new one

  62. Total Orthodontics 18th July 2016 at 4:29 pm #

    Hi Reema

    Your fixed retainers will only stop your front teeth from moving (the ones it’s attached to) so while it will help, it’s important to organise replacement removable retainers as soon as you can.

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

  63. Justine 19th July 2016 at 5:58 pm #

    I lost my bottom retainer just a few weeks after I got my braces off. Unfortunately, I can only get a new one in 2-3 weeks. Should I be worried?

  64. Emma 20th July 2016 at 9:57 am #

    Hi. My mom threw away my retainers when they were in her purse at a detailing place for her car. I called the company but they couldn’t find anything I’m sure they are gone. I told her to call but she wanted to wait until she got her car back to find them. It’s been two days without them and I’m freaking out that my teeth are shifting.

  65. Total Orthodontics 20th July 2016 at 5:18 pm #

    Hi Justine

    If you have a fixed retainer as well it shouldn’t be a problem. If you only have your removable retainer, though, your teeth could move in that time. If you are a patient at Total Orthodontics please give us a call and stress that you have lost your retainer and you will be seen as an emergency.

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

  66. Total Orthodontics 20th July 2016 at 5:21 pm #

    Hi Emma

    If you can’t find your retainers, you should make an appointment to see your orthodontist as soon as you can. It’s unlikely that your teeth will have moved in two days, but the sooner you can start wearing your retainers again the better.

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

  67. Mia 23rd July 2016 at 1:34 pm #

    Hi I forgot my retainers on holiday. I’m going for one week. Do you know IFF my teeth could move out of the mould in 1 week? Or would I be able to wear them as soon as I get back and them still fit it? What is the average time for teeth to move out the retainer so it doesn’t fit?

  68. Total Orthodontics 26th July 2016 at 12:57 pm #

    Hi Mia

    Don’t worry. It’s unlikely that your teeth are going to move very far within the space of a week. You might just find that your retainers feel a bit tighter than normal when you start wearing them again.

    Have a lovely holiday.

    Total Orthodontics

  69. Julieta 28th July 2016 at 10:32 pm #

    So mybdog eat my retaniers and their invisiline what should i do cause we dont have engouh money to buy new ones

  70. Total Orthodontics 29th July 2016 at 9:25 am #

    Hi Julieta

    Unfortunately your teeth could move without retainers. It’s worth getting in touch with your orthodontist so you know exactly what your options are and the costs involved.

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

  71. Angela 31st July 2016 at 9:08 am #

    I lost my top retainer 2 days ago and I’ve already got my bottom braces and I’m getting my top ones on the 12th of August and it’s the 31st and I don’t really know what could happen

  72. Eve 1st August 2016 at 10:07 am #

    My retainer broke a couple of days ago, and the next available appointment to get replacements is over a week away, will my teeth move much in that time frame?

  73. Total Orthodontics 1st August 2016 at 12:22 pm #

    Hi Angela

    Are you getting braces fitted on the 12th or a replacement retainer? Perhaps give us a call on 0800 781 0035, if you need a replacement retainer we’ll be able to see you as an emergency.

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

  74. Total Orthodontics 1st August 2016 at 12:25 pm #

    Hi Eve

    You shouldn’t experience much movement in that time frame, and if your teeth do move slightly your retainers should be able to squeeze them back into position (they might feel a little tight at first for this reason). Perhaps see if there’s a cancellation list you could be added to, though, just in case an appointment becomes available in the meantime.

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

  75. Michelle 2nd August 2016 at 12:21 pm #

    My son has lost his retainers I’ve just called the orthodontist up & it’s going to cost £140.10 for them to be replaced. He’s 16 & has apprenticeship starting this September. Can we get any help towards them or is this standard price? Thanks

  76. Sam 2nd August 2016 at 7:44 pm #

    Hi, I am currently out of the country, and it seems that I lost my retainers two days ago, and my teeth hurt. It seems I will be out for another week until I return. In the meantime, could I be able to buy temporary retainers? Or would doing so ruin the way my teeth are lined?

  77. Tay 3rd August 2016 at 7:18 pm #

    What do I do if I lose my retainers on vacation and won’t be able to go to the orthodontist’s for two weeks??? Will I have to get braces again?

  78. Total Orthodontics 4th August 2016 at 3:30 pm #

    Hi Michelle

    If you give your orthodontic practice a call and explain your situation they may let you pay for replacement retainers in instalments. It could also be worth contacting the NHS for advice.

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

  79. Total Orthodontics 4th August 2016 at 3:36 pm #

    Hi Sam

    We would recommend contacting your orthodontist to arrange an appointment for when you return. If you explain your situation they should see you as an emergency appointment. Alternatively, you could find an orthodontist where you are now, but you would need to make sure that your retainers would be ready before the end of your holiday.

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

  80. Total Orthodontics 4th August 2016 at 3:38 pm #

    Hi Tay

    It’s probably worth giving your orthodontist a call so they can provide more personalised advice. Another option would be to find a local orthodontist who can make you replacement retainers during your holiday.

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

  81. Emily 5th August 2016 at 12:30 am #

    I was cleaning my retainers and the top one snapped. i am an nhs patient and i’m still under the care of my orthodontist. how much would it cost to get the top retainer replaced?

  82. Total Orthodontics 5th August 2016 at 11:15 am #

    Hi Emily

    The cost for an NHS replacement retainer is £70.10.

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

  83. Felicia 14th August 2016 at 11:07 pm #

    Hi

    I had my retainer done outside the UK, and I just lost the bottom part.. May I know is it possible and how much would it cost for me to make a new one?

    Felicia

  84. Total Orthodontics 15th August 2016 at 4:06 pm #

    Hi Felicia

    A replacement removable retainer costs £180.

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

  85. bob 17th August 2016 at 1:07 am #

    I lost my retainer, this is what happened. i was hanging out with my friends. my friends and I where eating so i wrap a napkin over my retainer. so then i put it in a desk. then i totally forgot about it. then my friends left then i remembered. i want to the desk and it wasn’t there. what should i do. please help??!!!

  86. Total Orthodontics 18th August 2016 at 12:53 pm #

    Hello Bob

    You’ll need to get a replacement retainer made to prevent your teeth from moving. If you contact your orthodontist as soon as you can they will be able to arrange an appointment to take new impressions.

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

  87. Cole Cronin 21st August 2016 at 11:05 pm #

    Hello, one night I had my retainers in and I put them in my dressing gown pocket the next day I only found my Bottom retainer how much roughly would it cost just for top retainer replaced ?

  88. Mej 22nd August 2016 at 3:29 am #

    Hi. Ive been wearing my retainers on and off for 10 years. Every time i stop wearing them my teeth move out if place. I lost my retainers a few dats ago and my teeth have moved as i was not wearing them. What can i do??

  89. Total Orthodontics 22nd August 2016 at 3:22 pm #

    Hi Mej

    You’ll need to contact your orthodontist as soon as you can and arrange for a replacement set of retainers to be made. You could also talk to them about a fixed retainer for extra peace of mind.

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

  90. Total Orthodontics 22nd August 2016 at 3:25 pm #

    Dear Cole

    The cost of a replacement removable retainer is £180. If you are an NHS patient and still under our care (your braces were removed less than 12 months ago) the cost is £70.10.

    Kindest regards

    Total Orthodontics

  91. Karina 28th August 2016 at 1:05 am #

    I lost my retainers and I didn’t even have them for a week. It’s almost going to be a month without them and I have to wait another month to see if my medical can pay for them or if I do? I hope my teeth don’t shift but I can see a lil shift now

  92. Total Orthodontics 29th August 2016 at 1:11 pm #

    Hi Karina

    Your teeth could move in that time so it’s probably worth contacting your orthodontist for advice in the meantime.

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

  93. Alexis 2nd September 2016 at 9:47 pm #

    My retainer isn’t going in much. I have a tooth that moves quickly so they havent gone in all the way for a while but would push the tooth back which the dentist said was okay and to just keep biting down on it but now it hardly goes in at all and the tooth isn’t moving and I never stopped wearing it. Will I have to get a new bottom retainer? and how much would they cost?

  94. Aamna 4th September 2016 at 5:41 pm #

    Hi I’m Aamna I lost my retainers 4 days ago and my teeth have already moved I don’t know what to do and how much will they cost?
    Thank you

  95. Total Orthodontics 4th September 2016 at 10:11 pm #

    Dear Aamna

    Sorry to hear you’ve lost your retainer. The cost of a replacement removable retainer is £180. If you are an NHS patient and still under our care (your braces were removed less than 12 months ago) the cost is £70.10.

    If you’d like to book an appointment, please call us on 0800 781 0035 and we’ll make sure we see you as soon as we can.

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

  96. Total Orthodontics 4th September 2016 at 10:15 pm #

    Dear Alexis

    It sounds like you may need a new retainer, but it’s hard to say without examining your teeth. The cost of a replacement removable retainer is £180. If you are an NHS patient and still under our care (your braces were removed less than 12 months ago) the cost is £70.10.

    If you’d like to book an appointment, please give us a call on 0800 781 0035.

    Kindest regards

    Total Orthodontics

  97. Hayden 3rd October 2016 at 11:15 pm #

    Ive only had my braces off for 3 days and ive left my retainer in england (i flew back to spain today) my dad will post them however will three/four days without them be a big problem? Thankyou

  98. Total Orthodontics 5th October 2016 at 12:03 pm #

    Hi Hayden

    That should be fine. They might feel quite tight when you first put them in but that’s nothing to worry about.

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

  99. Amelia 8th October 2016 at 11:25 am #

    I’ve lost my retainers and I got my braces removed 9 months ago and on the NHS. How much will a new set cost? When I get a new set, will my teeth stay how they are now or how they were when I used my retainers, as they have moved slightly since then.
    Thanks

  100. Total Orthodontics 10th October 2016 at 10:05 am #

    Hi Amelia

    Sorry to hear that you’ve lost your retainers. A new NHS replacement set will cost £140.20 as you’re still within your NHS contract. Your orthodontist will need to take new impressions, so your retainers will be made to fit your teeth in their new position.

    If we can help with anything else, please give us a call on 0800 781 0035.

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

  101. Audri 16th October 2016 at 3:43 am #

    I lost my retainer about two weeks ago, 3 weeks after i got my braces off. My parents haven’t been able to come up with the 400$ to get a new one yet, and one tooth has shifted a little bit. Could the new retainer fix the small shifts that may occur? And how long does it usually take for teeth to shift back to how they were before braces?

  102. Total Orthodontics 16th October 2016 at 11:33 am #

    Hi Audri

    It’s worth speaking to your orthodontist, but you’ll most likely need new impressions, so your retainers will be made to fit your teeth as they are now. The time it can take for teeth to relapse varies patient to patient, so unfortunately there’s no one right answer. The sooner you can organise new retainers the better.

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

  103. Kevin 20th October 2016 at 8:59 pm #

    Hi,my name is Kevin and its been about 2 weeks that i’ve lost my retainer.I will call my orthodentist tomorrow and tell him about it, so it will become about 3 weeks without a retainer is it a big problem? When i wer them again.will it fix the slight changes that happened to my teeth?

  104. Abbie 20th October 2016 at 10:16 pm #

    Hi, I’ve had my braces off for about 2 years now, I was quite bad a remembering to wear the retainers and my bottom set have moved back, the bottom set didn’t concern me much and I can live with them as they are since I can’t fit the retainers on anymore… Anyway I still wear the top set but have noticed that I must be grinding my teeth in my sleep or biting down and I have some holes on the bottoms of the retainers that I can feel parts of the bottom of my teeth through.
    Should I get new impressions for my top set? I’m doubting there is anything that can be done about the bottom set but that doesn’t trouble me much.

  105. Total Orthodontics 21st October 2016 at 2:03 pm #

    Hi Abbie

    It might be a good idea to get a new retainer made now, before your current one breaks. Speak to your orthodontist about perhaps having this one made using a more durable material.

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

  106. Total Orthodontics 24th October 2016 at 8:33 pm #

    Hi Kevin

    Sorry to hear that you’ve lost your retainers. Your orthodontist might need to take new impressions, so your replacement retainers will be made to fit your teeth as they are now. If you do need your teeth realigned your orthodontist will be the best person to discuss your options.

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

  107. Angel Rose 27th October 2016 at 10:27 pm #

    I’ve lost both of my retainers and don’t have a fixed retainer. My mom is very strict on loosing my retainer and her idea of a good punishment for that is to serve a grounding for the amour of time needed for the retainer. I’m very upset about this and was wondering if there is any way to get a fixed retainer without having to pay for a new retainer.

  108. Total Orthodontics 28th October 2016 at 11:05 am #

    Hi Angel

    Unfortunately we don’t know of any way for you to get a free fixed retainer. We recommend organising replacement retainers as soon as you can though.

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

  109. Aelin 31st October 2016 at 1:26 pm #

    I need help i am 13 years old and just lost my retainers I looked EVERYWHERE for them but i had them on for over a year so I was just wondering if i still have to wear them.

  110. Total Orthodontics 1st November 2016 at 4:43 pm #

    Hi Aelin

    Yes, you should keep wearing your retainers for as long as you want your teeth to stay straight.

    Keep hunting, or get in touch with your orthodontist so they can organise a replacement set.

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

  111. Adam Hackford 3rd November 2016 at 12:48 am #

    Hello i just had some work done to my teeth where they have eroded at the tops wearing braces, I was given a retainer to wear, it doesn’t fit anymore. what should I do?

  112. Total Orthodontics 3rd November 2016 at 4:53 pm #

    Hi Adam

    You should get in touch with your orthodontist and organise some impressions for a new retainer.

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

  113. marissa 6th November 2016 at 5:16 am #

    i lost my retainer and will i have to buy a new one or will i have to get a new impression and will it be free.

  114. Total Orthodontics 6th November 2016 at 12:23 pm #

    Hi Marissa

    You will need to come in for new impressions so that we can organise a replacement retainer. There will be a cost for this; if you can give us a call on 0800 781 0035 we can go through everything and get you booked in as soon as possible.

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics

  115. Holly Maas 10th November 2016 at 8:32 pm #

    Hello, I lost my top retainer 6 days ago. I had scheduled an appointment for new impressions tomorrow which is Friday. But my dentist cancelled and said he couldn’t see me until Tuesday morning. The thing is, after taking the new impressions I would have to wait three days to pick up the new top retainer. He mentioned not eating hard foods in the meantime. I’m freaking out because I’ve had braces for 6 years and got them off two weeks ago, and don’t want them to move or go back to how they were . Do you think I will be fine if I see my dentist Tuesday and wait three days for the new ones ? or should I panick ? Thank you!

  116. Total Orthodontics 14th November 2016 at 10:50 am #

    Dear Holly

    Don’t panic, just make sure you speak to your dentist about your concerns. Try giving them a call today to see if they’ve had any cancellations and can fit you in sooner.

    Best wishes

    Total Orthodontics


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