A 32-year-old member asked:
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will orthodontists use original moldings for new retainers?

4 doctor answers
Dr. Stanley Siu
16 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Probably not: By original mouldings, i'm assuming you mean impressions of your teeth at the beginning or prior to orthodontic treatment. And if that is what you mean, & you've elected to go through with either traditional braces or clear aligner therapy, then at the end of treatment, your teeth will be drastically different than they were at the beginning of treatment. New impressions will be taken at the end.
Answered on Aug 17, 2012
Dr. Earl Sandroff
42 years experience Dentistry
Not likely: The mouth is always changing...So if you are getting new retainers they will most likely take new impressions. Your original impression are probably old from before treatment was started and now your mouth is not even close to you new smile.
Answered on Aug 17, 2012
Dr. Gary Chapman
34 years experience Orthodontics
Probably not: The fabrication of retainers is a destructive process to the model. Most do not survive the process. You will likely need to take new impressions.
Answered on Feb 18, 2013
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
A rule of thumb: New molds are always required for new retainers.
Answered on Sep 20, 2018

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Dr. Gary Klugman
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Yes: If you cannot or do not want to return to the original orthodontist another one can repair or replace your retainer.
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Dr. Kenneth Zipkin
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See below: Try to find an orthodontist you can get to for emergency repair. They';ll coordinate.

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