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Your Top-Rated Orthodontist in
Charleston, SC, For Braces & Invisalign

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If you have lost or broken a removable retainer – don’t panic.  Despite your best efforts, you are only human and sometimes the inevitable happens, whether it’s a lost retainer or misplaced car keys. The important thing to do is to take steps to replace your retainer so your teeth and mouth sustain all the hard work achieved while wearing braces or Invisalign. You should call your orthodontist to be fitted with a new retainer as soon as possible.  If you have a fixed retainer that is broken, the issue will be a little more complicated and a visit to the orthodontist is essential to correct the problem.

What is a Retainer?

The retainer is a device that helps make sure that your teeth don’t move after you’ve finished your orthodontic treatment.  Without retainers, your teeth will slowly move to back to their old, unwanted positions. So here is what to do if you lose your removable retainers or damage fixed retainers:

  • Make an appointment with your orthodontist right away. Although your teeth will not immediately move back into their pre-treatment position, it is important to contact your orthodontist either to have a new impression done for your retainer or if your orthodontist has kept your retainer molds, have a new one made from them.
  • Pop your new removable retainers in your mouth to keep them safe. You will new retainers will help realign any teeth that have started to move by gently squeezing them back in line.  Make sure to store your retainer in a safe place where you will remind yourself to wear them.
  • Store your removable retainers in a protective case. Your removable retainers will be less prone to being damaged or lost if you keep them in a protective case when not in use.  It is not recommended that you wrap retainers in tissue when you are not wearing them since they may end up in the garbage bin by accident.
  • If you have broken a fixed retainer, make an appointment with your orthodontist to have it fixed or replaced. Most individuals have both fixed and removable retainers. Fixed retainers consist of a thin wire which is permanently fixed to the back of your teeth to help keep them in place.  The fixed retainers provide extra protection so your teeth will not move back to their pre-treatment position. The fixed retainer is usually only fitted to the front six teeth, so it’s important to use a removable retainer as well to keep your teeth from moving back to where they started.

If you are having issues with a fixed retainer or lost your removable retainer contact us right away.  Our expert Charleston County orthodontist and highly trained staff at Reese Orthodontics are eager to join you on the journey to a healthier and happier smile.

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If you want to learn more about our orthodontic practice - where we offer extensive experience with a Board Certified Orthodontist, where we offer a satisfaction guarantee, and where we offer flexible payment options - Reese Orthodontics is here to serve you.

"Dr. Reese and staff share an inviting personality with a clean and professional atmosphere. I am very happy with the service, the product and the final result. I would encourage any of my friends and family to consult with Dr. Reese around their Orthodontic needs."
- Austin H.
"It has been a great experience all around getting braces at Dr. Reese Orthodontics. It's a great office with wonderful and friendly staff. I am extremely happy with the results. Can't say enough good things about Dr. Reese and his staff. I highly recommend him!"
- Nicole S.
"Dr. Reese and his staff was referred to me by a friend, and I highly recommend them! They were friendly, professional, helpful and quick to respond. I could not be happier with the results of Invisalign. I wore them about 7 months and my teeth are as straight as can be. Thank you for the great care and results!"
- Dancy E.
"I chose the absolute perfect orthodontist to perfect my smile. Dr. Reese has a personality that calms you and removes the anxiety that may come with the process. Dr. Reese is a true artist. I am so excited with my new smile. Dr. Reese accomplished the goals I was looking for and I am forever grateful. Thank you Dr. Reese!!!"
- Melanie C.
"Just awesome! Dr. Reese is the one to go to. He knows what he's doing and is great at what he does. Makes you feel like family every time you go visit. I can't get over how great my smile looks now. Definitely recommended."
- Harsha P.
*The reviews listed are from actual patients of Reese Orthodontics.
Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.
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2057 Charlie Hall Blvd. STE D
Charleston, SC 29414


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Dr. Reese McElveen, our award-winning orthodontist in Charleston, South Carolina has transformed the smiles of over 11,000 patients. Reese Orthodontics offers the most advanced orthodontic care for children and adults. Types of braces and orthodontic treatment include metal braces, clear braces, gold braces, Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, Damon Braces, SureSmile. Dr. Reese can even help you achieve your confident smile faster with AcceleDent.

Call 843.573.7279 today to schedule your appointment with our board certified orthodontist in Charleston, SC, at our conveniently located Charleston orthodontic office. Come experience Reese Orthodontics and you will see for yourself that we offer innovative and effective orthodontic care in Charleston, Downtown Charleston, West Ashley, James Island, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, Johns Island, Goose Creek, Hanahan and Ladson, South Carolina (SC).