My wife and I are grandparents to two wonderful dogs.
But, even one of them has gotten into trouble by eating a sock and needing surgery to remove it!
So, I was not surprised when two of my patients called recently to make appointments for new sleep retainers. The first patient’s dog ate hers (not kidding), and this is an actual picture of the guilty party:
The second patient’s retainer ended up looking like this:
The good news is that their insurance companies paid for replacements. Most insurance companies are paying for new retainers after 3 years. And, as we are getting close to the end of the year, many of you may have already satisfied your deductibles. If you don’t remember the age of your retainer, please call or email us so we can check your records.
You may also want to take a good look at your retainer and check for cracks and signs of wear.
FYI, most insurance companies now require that retainers be delivered before we can bill them. When taking into consideration holiday lab closure dates, my estimate is that we would need to take impressions no later than November 10th.
This just may be the year to consider a back-up retainer especially if you live with a dog!