Broken retainer, what to do?
May 15, 2006 3:23 AM Subscribe
My invisalign-type retainer has broken and I won't see my orthodontist for months! What should I do?
posted by nervestaple to Health & Fitness (3 answers total)
I've had several jaw surgeries and worn braces over the course of around 6 years. The entire process is finally over and I'm winding down with a sleep retainer for a year, which i've worn for a few months. My retainer setup consists of a 'traditional-style' retainer for the top (red, flesh-colored hyperbolic surface shape with wires at the edge) and an invisalign-type retainer for the bottom.
While brushing the bottom retainer a few days ago, it snapped down the middle, probably weakened by my nighttime teeth-grinding. I can still wear both parts and they seem to fit, but is this hurting more than it is helping? I swear that even after a few days i can see the teeth begin to shift where the break is... although I may be imagining things.
The kicker: I'm staying out of town for the summer and don't know when I'll be returning to my orthodontist. Can I keep wearing the pieces without much trouble for a few months, or should I absolutely go home and get fitted for a new one? Or, is there any DIY solution, where I can just glue it back together? (half-jokingly asked, but i'm interested to hear the response. I mean, it's a pretty clean snap, and it doesn't seem too hard, and the last time I broke my retainer it cost a pretty penny).