Orthodontic retainers are devices used to prevent the teeth from shifting. They are commonly used after a dental treatment of moving or straightening the teeth has been completed. Teeth have an elastic memory and will want to move back to their original position, and dental retainers will prevent them from moving.
There is 2 different types of retainer material:
Hawley Retainer: Hawley retainers are made using orthodontic wire and acyclic to create the base. The downside of a Hawley retainer is that it is easily noticeable, difficult to speak with, and costly to be created. The advantage is that if the acrylic is broken or the wire is bent, it can be repaired.
Essix Retainers: Essix is a brand name of the retainer material. Essix retainers are made from a clear sheet of polypropylene that is vacuum or thermoformed over a dental model of your teeth. Essix retainers can be made from Essix ACE or Essix Plus material. The advantage of Essix retainers over Hawley retainers is that the retainers can be almost invisible, minimal effect on speaking, and relatively inexpensive compared to Hawley retainers. This disadvantage is that they can’t be repaired if they crack.
Both types of retainers will prevent the teeth from shifting. When getting an Essix retainers confirm that genuine Essix material is used and request the Essix plus material if you have cracked your retainers in the past or grind your teeth at night.
Invisalign is designed to move and straighten the teeth in small stages. With Invisalign you typically will have sets of clear aligners that you wear for two weeks at a time then go on to the next set of aligners. This process slowly puts pressure on the teeth moving them to there new position. The amount of aligners depends on how much movement is needed to straighten the teeth. Invisalign uses 1mm clear essix material to create these aligners. After the teeth are straighten, a set of retainers are required to prevent the teeth from going back to their original location.
Clear Essix retainers and designed just to prevent the teeth from shifting. Retainers will not move or straighten you teeth, they will prevent them from shifting further. Retainers are made using 1mm clear essix material the same as Invisalign.
Both Essix retainers and invisalign are made from the same material and are cleaned and taken care for the same. Retainers can last for many years while the invislign aligners are designed to only be used for a short period of time.
Do you have your own molds from your dentist and want to get a replacement retainer made, but can’t find a company to make them? At SportingSmiles.com we can use your existing molds, but there is some stipulations on using outside dental molds.
No Warranty- We can’t warranty outside molds because we don’t know how old they are. The new retainers maybe made perfect, but your teeth may have shifted since the impression was taken.
Damaged Impression- There is a chance your teeth mold can be damaged when the new retainer is being made. We will try our best for this not to happen, but there is a chance this could happen. Dental impressions can dry out in time and there are different qualities in dental stone. Also there is a chance they may get damaged in the mail.
Same Cost- There is no discount on using your existing impression. There is often more work to correct your current impression than there is in making a new one.
Advantages of using our Impression Kit.
Full Warranty- We will warranty the retainers fully to make sure that it fits correctly.
Reorder- SportingSmiles keeps all impression for 1 year. Reorders are at a discounted price.
Easy Impression Process- SportingSmiles have a patented dental impression tray that makes it extremely easy to take an impression. Video instructions are also available.
We recommend using our self-impression kit, but we can use your existing molds to make a retainers. Our different styles of retainers can be seen here:
–Easy to Reorder: We keep your impression(s) for one year from the date you placed the order. This means each time you reorder it extends the date for another year. If you lose your device or if your dog eats it you can contact us for a replacement without taking another impression. Not only that but you will get a discount rate!
–Equipment: We only use top of the line thermoform machines. Thermoform guards allow for the most exact fitting product.
–Return Policy: We guarantee ever product that you make. If for some reason you are unhappy with our product or service we will gladly give you a refund.
–Reviews: We have 1000’s of positive reviews on our company and products.
–Patented Impression Tray: We have our own patented dental impression tray that takes the guess work out of picking the correct size tray needed to take an impression. This makes it easy for anyone to take their own impression.
–Knowledge: We have been a dental lab for over 20 years with a dentist on staff overseeing the process. We are experts in our field and make some of the best dental products available.
–Experience: SportingSmiles has been selling removal dental devices online for years. We have made tens of thousands of devices. Our staff is highly trained in how to make your retainers, night guards, whitening trays, or athletic mouth guards. We also can customize that mouth guard with your sport emblem, school color, nationality, almost anything imaginable.
–Products: We also sell other products to help maintain your beautiful smile.
–Dentist: We have a dentist on staff with 25+ years experience who specializes in removal able dental devices.