Retainer Replacement

Orthodontic treatment is only effective if you maintain your perfect smile with a retainer. However, it’s no surprise that maintaining this will require some extra appointments down the line to replace retainers and fix any issues found in them like teeth shifting or warping of frames. In this post, we’ll show you 5 reasons why you need to replace your retainer. Let’s get going.

What Are Retainers? 

Retainers are used to ensure that teeth stay in place. There are two general kinds of retainers: removable and fixed, with the latter being bonded to upper or lower teeth for a more permanent solution.

Retainers can be used for several reasons. For example, after braces are removed the bone that holds our teeth rebuilds itself and retainers help maintain these positions of new teeth. 

Retainers may also need to be worn during active orthodontic treatment as a way to ensure proper positioning throughout the process of shifting tooth position by using different techniques such as expansion or archwires.

Loose Retainer

If your retainer starts feeling loose, this is a sign that it’s time to replace it. The issue here is not with your teeth but rather the way they fit in relation to one another. If you’re no longer wearing them enough for them to be effective at keeping everything where you want and need it then why wear them? Loose retainers will not keep anything in place so best just toss em out.

Warped or Misshaped Retainer

Modern retainers are great, but those benefits come with a greater risk of them getting damaged or warped. Remember, a retainer that doesn’t fit does not work. A common issue is accidentally put it in the dishwasher or washing machine or you tried to use very hot water to clean it.  Consider it unusable if this happens. 

Calcium Build-up

There are lots of reasons why you might not want to wear your retainer. Whether it’s because the mouthpiece is uncomfortable, or maybe there’s too much calcium buildup on it. This will seriously affect the efficiency of the device. Seek an appointment to rectify it. 


There are plenty of reasons why you might lose your retainer, like moving or starting a new career. Because it’s an essential part of maintaining healthy teeth and gums, don’t be discouraged if this happens to you; just get another one.

Find a safe place to keep your retainer while you sleep, like in the box it came in. If you lose your retainers for too long after losing them they will take an impression of all of your teeth so that new ones can be made and gently guide each tooth back into alignment with pressure from their metal frame.

Age Fatigue

Your clear retainer will stretch your teeth over time, causing them to become out of alignment. If you don’t get this fixed, the stretching will continue and cause more damage until they are misaligned completely.

Retainer fatigue is the reason why people can still experience some minor movement in their teeth even if they’re diligent about wearing their retainer. The simple truth is that your teeth are stronger than your clear retainer.  


We understand what it takes to keep great oral health during braces treatment. Dr. McDermott has all the expertise you could ever need and you can rest assured he has your oral health in mind when treating you.

Whether you want to obtain a full orthodontic perfection or just to cover up crookedness, we can advise you and what toothbrushes to use when wearing braces. Get in touch with our orthodontic office today to schedule your first appointment with Dr. McDermott.