Posted on: September 11th, 2018
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Are all dental impressions uncomfortable and messy?

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Impressions of your dental arches (teeth) are critical for making orthodontic retainers. Until recently, your doctors only option was to make a mold of your teeth using a tray of goopy, putty-like material. You may remember sitting for long minutes while it hardened and was then pried out of your mouth.

Sometimes dental impressions cause a “gag reflex”. That’s a real medical term. When something contacts the back of your throat, your body acts to get rid of it.

Most people can tolerate a dental impression, but, it still feels uncomfortable. As the compound hardens it presses against your teeth and feels like it’s moving toward the back of your throat. While its curing, you get to drool all over yourself in front of a smiling assistant.

Modern technology provides a more comfortable alternative. It’s less messy too. Digital scanning machines have become a popular addition to many orthodontic offices. To make a digital dental impression your orthodontist uses a special wand. The wand scans your teeth without touching the inside of your mouth. Using special light sensors, the handheld wand creates an accurate 3D image of your teeth in 1 – 3 minutes. The complete dental arch is mapped. This makes sure that your REATAIN™ orthodontic retainer is both comfortable and effective.

At REATAIN™, we only use digital impressions for our retainers for life program (RFL). Digital impressions offer more comfort and convenience than tray-delivered dental impressions. They provide more accuracy too.

Once you enroll in RFL, REATAIN™ schedules a digital impression of your teeth. We store the 3D image of your teeth at our digital lab and use it every time you order a new retainer.

Always replace your retainer as quickly as possible – or keep a spare retainer on hand. Once you enroll in RFL, REATAIN can make a new retainer for you and ship it to your home in about a week for $59 plus shipping. No mess, no goop – just peace of mind.

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