After completing orthodontic treatment, retainers will be required to ensure that the teeth do not shift back to their previous position. At the end of treatment we will provide a set of clear retainers, which is included in the cost of treatment. Sometimes, people who have very minor orthodontic needs may elect to have a retainer made in order to prevent any future shifting. These patients will likely need to wear their retainers less than those who have been through a full course of orthodontic treatment.
To have a retainer made, we use the latest scanning technology to get a very accurate digital model of your teeth. We then send that off to a lab who will use a 3-D printer to print your models and make your retainers. Some patients qualify to have this scan completed with their braces on. The lab will then digitally remove the braces and have the retainers ready for the day that the braces come off. Most times, this process takes 7-14 days to have this type of retainer made. If an immediate turnaround is required, sometimes retainers can be made the same day, but an old-fashioned impression will need to be made.