What can I expect if I am getting a retainer for my teeth?

Dustin S. Burleson, DDS
Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
When a retainer is being recommended as part of someone’s treatment plan, it helps to know what to expect, such as a mold being made of your teeth. This is done through a process of using a thick liquid, called alginate, which makes a temporary mold of the teeth. That temporary mold is then used to make the retainer.

Retainers today have come a long way from the bigger pure metal ones of decades past. They can be customized to show your personality, including having colors and pictures on them, or they can be clear plastic so that they are less noticeable to others. Depending on who is getting the retainer and their age, there are many options to consider.

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