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Stay Tray - Temporary Replacement for Lost Retainers: Review

Updated on October 1, 2015
Stay Tray Temporary Retainer as it appears in the mouth
Stay Tray Temporary Retainer as it appears in the mouth | Source

Losing an orthodontic retainer can be extremely frustrating and having a new one made takes time, often 3 weeks. A great solution to this problem is using a temporary retainer. A temporary retainer keeps your teeth in position until a standard retainer can be made. A temporary retainer is inexpensive, easy to obtain, easy to make and easy to use.

Orthodontic work takes years to accomplish and is very costly. Once this work is done it is essential that the patient continue wearing a retainer because teeth are always shifting. Without a retainer the teeth will shift out of place, thereby wasting all of the time and expense involved in wearing braces. After wearing braces, retainers need to be worn on a regular basis.

Question: What happens when a retainer gets lost or broken?

Answer: A new retainer needs to be obtained as soon as possible.

A replacement retainer can be obtained through an orthodontist or directly from the laboratory at a lower cost this process can take 3 weeks. During this time a temporary retainer should be used.

Placing the Stay Tray into boiling water.
Placing the Stay Tray into boiling water. | Source

About the Company

Stay Tray Temporary Retainers are made by Archtek, a company that began making “boil and bite” athletic Mouthgards in the 1990’s. Archtek is an innovative company that seeks to provide products of exceptional value while offering sustainable solutions where possible.

Stay Tray temporary retainers can be ordered online and are mailed quickly. This retainer has a low cost of approximately $16.00. Once you receive the kit you can have a temporary retainer in a matter of minutes. The steps involve boiling water to soften the material and placing the material in your mouth for a short amount of time.

My impression:

I loved the ease of making this retainer, it was quick and painless. I was thrilled that it came in the mail so quickly and that I didn’t have to worry that my teeth would shift before getting a standard retainer replacement. Although this type of retainer is so inexpensive and convenient, I find my standard retainer which is the Essex type to be more comfortable.

If you are looking for a quick solution to a broken or lost retainer Stay Tray temporary retainers are the way to go. I even keep an extra one in my house just in case I need one.


  • Cost

  • Convenience

  • Ease of use

Stay Tray Temporary Retainer buys you time before your teeth begin to shift.


  • Not as comfortable as a standard retainer

  • Very noticeable

Temporary Stay Tray Temporary Retainer also includes a mirrored case to hold the retainer.

Importance of Wearing a Retainer


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    • maick profile image


      4 years ago from 3338 Peachtree Road NE Suite 102 Atlanta, Georgia 30326

      A great solution to this problem is using a temporary retainer


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