I’ve lost my retainer. Help!

At Total Orthodontics, we regularly encounter patients who have lost or broken their retainer. Knowing what to do if this happens to you is an important part of your teeth straightening journey, and we’re on hand to help with any questions or issues you encounter from start to finish.

Retainers help to maintain the results you want from your teeth straightening treatment, so it’s important to wear them for as long as your orthodontist advises.

All braces and aligners - from traditional metal braces to discreet lingual braces and clear Invisalign aligners - are ‘active’ appliances. This means they actively apply consistent force to the teeth to cause them to move into the desired position. Retainers are ‘passive’, and do not exert any force of their own. However, they do perform a vital function: they stop your teeth from gradually shifting back into their original positions.


You want your confident new smile to last as long as possible. As such, wearing your retainer is crucial for achieving a smile to be proud of.

Because retainers are removable, they’re unfortunately sometimes lost. It’s something that happens to the best of us, whether left behind at a restaurant after removing your retainer to eat, fallen from your bag or pocket, or seemingly disappeared into thin air.

Let’s take a look at what to do if you break or lose your retainer and learn a little more about why retainers are important for teeth straightening.

Our team would love to hear from you and is ready to help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. Get in touch today and find out what Total Orthodontics can do for you.