My Dog Ate My Retainers!

My Dog Ate My Retainers!
Posted on 05/09/2022
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We hear this story SO often! People are often shocked that their family dog chews up their retainers. This happens with surprising frequency. According to an article published by the American Association of Orthodontists, the working theory is that dogs are attracted by the smell of the materials from which retainers are made, as well as saliva. If they are left within reach of your pet, they are likely to be in danger of being destroyed.

It doesn’t take long for your dog to chew your retainers so badly that they are no longer useable. Of course, retainers also often meet their untimely end by getting stepped on, falling out of a purse or pocket, or are accidentally thrown away with a lunch tray or in a napkin. Caring for them is so important to maintaining your beautiful smile.

As you have heard from us many times, retainers are THE KEY to keeping your smile straight following “active” orthodontic treatment. Wearing them as prescribed by the orthodontist is the most reliable way to preserve the placement of teeth that the patient and Dr. Eves worked so hard to achieve. Unfortunately replacing lost or damaged retainers carries a cost, but nothing compared to the investment that you have already made in your smile. The retainers should be replaced as soon as possible to prevent any unwanted movement of the teeth.

So, place those retainers in your mouth or in your retainer case to keep them safe. If Fido does do damage, give us a call right away to replace your retainers and keep your smile looking its best.

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) is open exclusively to orthodontists like Dr. Eves – only orthodontists are admitted for membership. The only doctors who can call themselves “orthodontists” have graduated from dental school and then successfully completed the additional two-to-three years of education in an accredited orthodontic residency program.

When you choose an AAO orthodontist for orthodontic treatment, you can be assured that you have selected a specialist orthodontist, an expert in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics who possesses the skills and experience to give you your best smile.