How Technology Reduced The Costs Of Retainers

Orthodontic retainers in Harrisburg are custom-made dental devices the hold teeth in their proper position after braces or any method of aligning teeth is completed. After the phase of straightening is completed there is risk for the teeth to return to their original position so that the orthodontist recommends retainers to hold the teeth in the new position for a certain period of time. 

Parents of kids who have worn retainers understand the frustration of losing a retainer but new 3D technology saves parents from a trip to the dentist and the costs of new retainers. 3D technology has offered a solution in fabricating several retainers without the need to put goo inside the mouth to get an impression.

During the scanning process, a light wand is used to scan the patient’s teeth. The process will only take a few minutes. Afterwards, the 3D printer can create a plastic model of the teeth which can be used for several times. The traditional method of old plaster mold can only be used once.

Multiple retainers can be created using the plastic 3D printed model over the years. However, the patient has to keep the plastic model if he plans to have another retainer made. Orthodontists can offer the retainer for half the price because they do not need to make another impression.

The Itero scanner was the first intraoral scanner that was approved for use with Invisalign. Recently, 3M introduced the true definition scanner that is smaller and more accurate. The scanners are not just for retainers because they can used to create crowns and special restorations. After the restorative dentist has prepared the tooth for a crown, the tooth will be scanned and a crown fabricated through a milling machine. Aside from reduced costs, results are more accurate and precise.

Orthodontists continue to be at the forefront of technology so that they can provide their patients with braces and retainers in Harrisburg for a more affordable price. Technological advances have introduced more efficient and convenient ways to move teeth without the patient experiencing too much discomfort. Modern braces and retainers are available for both teens and adults.