Most people end up transitioning to an orthodontic retainer following braces or Invisalign treatment and, for some, wearing a retainer can be a lifelong commitment. If you intend to wear a retainer for longer than a few months, you’re going to need to think about getting a new retainer at some point. Perhaps you broke your retainer or lost your retainer, or it simply doesn’t fit properly anymore. At that point, it’s time for a new retainer.
So, you have decided to invest in a new retainer and go to book an appointment with your orthodontist only to find out that they’ve closed down, moved locations, or retired. What now? Fortunately, going to a different orthodontist shouldn’t impede your ability to replace your retainer. Here’s an insider look at the process of getting a replacement retainer from a new orthodontist.
The replacement retainer process
What do you need to know about how to get replacement retainers? Unfortunately, it’s not a one size fits all procedure. The process of making your replacement retainer may vary slightly depending on what type of retainer you need. Generally, the first step is making an appointment with your new orthodontist. Some orthodontists may make a mold of your teeth, but today many orthodontic professionals will take a 3D scan instead. While an orthodontist you’re used to may already have these available, if you’re seeing a new orthodontist you will have to do new scans.
Once your orthodontist has the proper models of your teeth, they can begin making your replacement retainer. Sometimes this is an in-house procedure, while other offices may work with an outside lab, which may take a little longer. After the retainer has been crafted, your orthodontist will ask you to come in to try it on and ensure the fit is correct.
Your new orthodontist in Los Angeles
Not sure what to do about finding a new orthodontist? Look no further than Dr. Mario Paz in Marina Del Rey. Dr. Mario Paz and his team are experienced in competent and comfortable orthodontic treatment for adults and children, with a focus on various styles of braces and retainers. If you’re looking for the best in Los Angeles, you won’t find it anywhere else. Contact Dr. Mario Paz today to schedule a consultation.