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Can Whitening Trays Sub for Retainers?

I lost my retainer. I don’t get paid for another week and a half. There’s no money in my account. There’s no way I can get a new retainer until I’m paid. Even then I won’t have all the money. Can I use my teeth whitening trays instead?

Serena P. – Ohio


Unfortunately, teeth whitening trays won’t work. They’re designed to be soft and flexible, not hard like retainers. You don’t want your teeth to start shifting, and they will. It’s hard to know how long it will take them to start shifting. Everyone’s mouth is a little different in that aspect.

I’d suggest just talking to your dentist about the situation. I’m sure he’d be willing to make you another one and bill you, especially under the circumstances.

If he or she is unwilling, then there’s not much else you can do. Hopefully, your teeth will give you some time before shifting.

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