I'm being treated currently with invisalign. I'm 22 years old. I am on my last trays with my top and bottom teeth, and my appointment is in ten days. I've been in a refinement for my top teeth but my bottom tray has been the same for the last seven months. I seem to have misplaced my bottom tray, and I could either book and appointment with the office or start wearing the second to last tray. Is ten days too long to be without a retainer? And would it not be a step backward to start an old tray?
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Doctor Answers (4)
Lost Invisalign tray
I would call the orthodontist. Replacement trays or retainers can be ordered from Invisalign without a new impression. Don't go back to an old tray unless the orthodontist tells you to.
Aligner trays are not designed to last as long as retainers
On the bright side, a new material will help (a fresh tray) as the 7 month old aligner has likely distorted or cracked. I would suggest getting to see the orthodontist as soon as possible so that a new aligner or retainer can be made. Going back to an old one would be the last resort...
after 7 months your teeth should be relatively stable...nonetheless, 10 days plus the time necessary to make a new retainer means some risk of tooth movement....I would try to get in sooner if possible or go back to the previous aligner