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Temporary Orthodontic Retainers Online

Updated on January 5, 2015
Temporary retainers are an easy, cheap way to keep your teeth in place
Temporary retainers are an easy, cheap way to keep your teeth in place | Source

While most people want their teeth to be straight, keeping your teeth in position after orthodontic work can be problematic since it takes time for retainers to be made and teeth can shift out of place during this time gap. A temporary retainer is an inexpensive way to retain the position of your teeth until you can get a long lasting retainer such as a Hawley or Essix (invisalign type) retainer. These temporary retainers are available for purchase online they are easy to mold by yourself or for your child. The temporary retainer will last for a short period of time until a long term retainer can be made.

Once orthodontic braces are removed, it is common for the teeth to shift away from their straightened position. A retainer works to hold the teeth in place after orthodontic work is completed, thereby keeping the hard earned smile at its best. Initially, after the braces are removed the retainer is worn around the clock, after a period of time, often 6-9 months, and the retainer can then be worn at night. But since waiting for a retainer to be made can take time, the teeth might shift before the retainer can do its job.

Dipping the temporary retainer in a water bath to soften the molding material
Dipping the temporary retainer in a water bath to soften the molding material | Source

A temporary retainer can work to fill in this gap between having braces removed and wearing the long term retainer or can be used later on in the case where the retainer is lost or broken, which occurs often, especially with younger orthodontic patients.

A temporary retainer is easy to mold at home by yourself or by a parent and takes only minutes to make. It is similar to a mouth guard used by athletes. However, it is not meant for long term use, it is large and bulky and the material will become less effective over time. This makes it necessary to follow up with a longer term retainer.


Without the use of a retainer, teeth will shift away from their straightened position.

Easy Steps to Making a Temporary Retainer

1. Order retainer (shipping is typically quick).

2. Follow package directions, which will involve dropping mold and tray in a water bath.

3. Retainer will be ready in minutes.

This is what the temporary retainer looks like being worn
This is what the temporary retainer looks like being worn | Source

These retainers are very inexpensive and are available online. These temporary retainers remove the awful worry that, after years of orthodontic treatment, the teeth will sadly shift before they make their way into the long term retainer, a very frustrating possibility.

My Story

Having two teenagers in braces at the same time is difficult enough and of course expensive, so when two of my children broke and lost their retainers respectively, in a short span of time, I was quite upset. At first it was my daughter who sat on her retainer and broke both the top and bottom piece. After visiting the orthodontist to replace both the top and bottom retainer, at the tune of $750, I was very upset. So not long after, when my son lost his retainer I decided to look for less expensive options and was thrilled to find very affordable online options for both temporary and long term retainers. Now when my child breaks or loses their retainer I will simply order another online and not worry.

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© 2014 Ariel Laur


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