How is a clear plastic dental retainer fitted?

A clear plastic dental retainer is fitted by your orthodontist. He or she will make a mold of your teeth using a material known as alginate -- a chalky, thick liquid that you sink your teeth into. The retainer is then custom-made specifically for you. The process for fitting a retainer is quick and painless.

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