Removable retainers come in a variety of styles. At Lux, all retainers originate from a 3D digital iTero scan, which is then sent to an orthodontic laboratory or to Invisalign. The 3D scan helps to ensure an accurate fabrication of the retainer. With traditional impression material, there can be distortion in the impression which can lead to distortion in the retainer.
Traditional retainers, called Hawley retainers, are made from plastic-like material and a steel wire along the front teeth. At Lux, patients design their own retainer using a color guide that has options for colors, patterns and sparkles.
Plastic retainers are clear, comfortable and more sleek. They are shaped to the teeth and cover them completely, which is helpful for patients who grind their teeth at night. They can also be used as a bleaching tray.
Permanent or bonded retainers are cemented to the inside of the front teeth. Often, patients will still request a removable plastic retainer to overlay the bonded retainer in the event that the bonded retainer breaks. Flossing is more challenging with this type of retainer but floss aids and regular cleanings with the dentist can help maintain the health of the teeth and gums.