Q. I am wearing a retainer and it has a crack in it. What should I do?

Answered by
Dr. Bhargav R Gutha
and medically reviewed by Dr.Nithila A
This is a premium question & answer published on Aug 17, 2019

Hello doctor,

I got braces almost three years ago, and I ended up with a perfect smile. I wore my retainer nearly every night, but on an occasion where I forgot to wear it, it would be painful the night after and felt like the teeth had moved. Fast forward to now, I have still been wearing my retainer, and found that whenever I forgot to wear it for more than two days, the teeth would move (almost noticeably), and when I used the retainer the teeth would go back to normal. Recently, I found a large crack in my retainer and found that even after wearing it for a few nights, two of my teeth are slightly out of place. I understand that I need a new retainer, however, if they were to make impressions of my teeth now, the retainer would keep the two shifted teeth permanently shifted. Is there a way to clone a retainer? So that my teeth would go back to being perfect using the original impression, rather than an impression of my shifted teeth.

Dr. Bhargav R Gutha

Community Medicine Orthodontist


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The first thing is to go to the clinician and get examined. Ask for the repair of the old retainer to the maximum detailing possible until it could correct the two teeth. Meanwhile, impressions for your new retainer could be taken and fabricated. New retainers could be adjusted to retain the treatment undergone earlier and could bring back minor movements to the original position, which you are worried about. If possible, ask the clinician for permanents fixed palatal or lingual retainers at a later date after satisfactory correction if the minor movement is required for the present situation.

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