Shift happens: helping patients retain their smiles

Many orthodontic patients successfully get through their treatment only to neglect the next important part of treatment; wearing their retainer.

Now, for patients who get the permanent retainer this is less of a problem. But for those who take the removable option, neglect and forgetfulness can undo so much good work.

After all, wearing the retainer is what keeps patients from relapsing, and so maintain the quality of their treatment.

Two ways to help prevent relapse are: patient education and high-quality retainers. Retainers are part of orthodontic treatment, so patients will always finish up with that at the end of the treatment.

Choosing the right material for retainers helps them to last longer and therefore provide more value to patients.

The need for patient education comes at the patient’s regular dental check-ups. It is important to remind patients who have a retainer to bring them to their appointment. This allows their dentist to assess the quality and integrity of the retainer.

Especially since, on average, removable retainers need to be replaced every 6 months to 2 years. Or, if the quality of the material is good—and the patient does not grind their teeth, and takes care of the retainer—they can last 5 to 10 years.

Pros and Cons of removable retainers

Removable retainers often need to be worn day and night immediately after orthodontic treatment. And then always at night after about three months.

Disadvantages of removable retainers

The biggest disadvantage of removable retainers is that they are easy to lose because they are transparent. The other disadvantage is that they rely on patients to use them.

How many times have you heard a patient say, “oh, I forgot to wear them for a couple of nights,” but their teeth say they forgot to wear them for considerably longer than just a couple of nights?

The other disadvantage is they don’t last as long as permanent retainers.

Advantages of removable retainers

They are great for protecting against tooth grinding, and they hold the patient’s teeth in the exact position the orthodontics moved them to.

Another big advantage is that they are less expensive to replace compared with other retainer options.

If the patient does genuinely only lapse for a couple of days, wearing a removable retainer can help move the teeth back into their proper position.

At this point you might be wondering why we are telling you what you already know. Well, it is because the only disadvantages to a removable retainer revolve around the patient’s use of them.

For dentists and orthodontists, as long as you are sourcing the best material, removable retainers are one of the best options you can provide your patients.

Tru-Tain DX Aligner/Retainer Material

As a dental professional, you want to provide your patients with the best removable retainer. And that means finding material which combines extra impact, durability, wear resistance, and strength. It should also be latex and BPA free.

When you purchase retainer material from Tru-Tain, our materials adhere to the highest standards, are FDA approved, and provide greater value than many other products currently on the market.

Our retainer material comes in a range of shapes and gauges, and we offer bulk purchases for those dental clinics and orthodontic practices who fabricate plenty of retainers in a 6-month period.

Because we here at Tru-Tain believe so strongly in our product, you can call us today for free samples so you can make up your own mind.

If you have any questions, or would like to order retainer material, please contact us today.


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Meta-description: Helping your patients retain their new straight smile can be as simple as ensuring they wear removable retainers made of the highest quality materials.

The advantages of digital dentistry

Digital dentistry—in one form or another—has been around since at least the 1980s with CAD/CAM technology. However, back then it was for larger labs that could afford such equipment. Smaller labs and dental practices were unable to benefit from the technology, and it’s only been in the last 10/15 years that it’s become more accessible.

Nowadays, there is technology to improve everything from appointment scheduling, to x-rays, molds, cosmetics, orthodontics, and splints. And as the technology has improved, it has become more accessible for dental professionals no matter the size of their lab or their practice.

This has allowed dental professionals to provide a wide range of treatments, increasing their patient base and patient retention.

Types of digital dentistry

Digital dentistry comes in many forms: digital x-rays, digital smile design, intraoral cameras, various apps, and much more.

Having this technology in practice can allow dentists to see more patients without compromising patient care or quality of services.

5 advantages of digital dentistry

Digital dentistry speeds up many treatments, and improves the accuracy of molds and prosthetics. Here are 5 advantages of digital dentistry:

1.  Clearer images

Digital x-rays and intraoral cameras provide clearer images, allowing dentists to see precisely what is going on in the mouth. The advantage of this is it’s easier to see exactly what’s going on in the mouth and provide better preventive care.

2.  Better for the environment

Rather than requiring chemicals to develop pictures, digital imagery doesn’t and this makes it better the environment.

3.   Immediate visualization

Once digital imagery is taken, the pictures can be seen immediately so consults and treatments can move ahead sooner.

4.  Easy storage and retrieval of images

No more need for physical storage. Which means a meaningful reduction in paper files and the need for storage space. It also makes it easier to share the images with other health professionals as well as with dental labs.

5.  Digital smile design

For those patients looking to get cosmetic dentistry, digital smile design has been a huge advancement for cosmetic dentistry. This technology allows dental professionals to show patient how their smile will look after they’ve had treatment.

By doing this, patients are able to see what their smile will look like after implants, crowns, veneers, or braces.

Digital dentistry is more efficient and precise

Overall, digital dentistry provides a more precise and efficient experience. For both the dental professional and the patient.

Used properly, it significantly helps in reducing human error, and provides lab techs, dentists and orthodontists with a clear—and accurate—picture to work from.

For those dentists with a particular focus on preserve as much of the natural tooth as possible, the precision of digital dentistry enables less invasive techniques to be used. Which means that the dental tools don’t need to come out until there’s a precise idea of what the most effective and necessary treatment is to solve each patient’s particular needs.

As previously mentioned, with the quality of digital x-rays problems can be diagnosed earlier. The advantage of this is means that the only tooth material removed is the unhealthy material that requires removal.

Providing quality products for digital solutions

Tru-Tain provides a wide range of quality digital solutions that specifically designed for the dental industry.

We offer a wide variety of Keyprint products by Keystone from the standard through to the more specialized products to help all dental professionals achieve their desired result.

Keyprint products are ideal for medical devices such as splints and ortho trays, as well as laboratory resins. Tru-Tain also offers denture base discs as well as flex and hard wax discs.

Continued popularity of DIY teeth whitening continues to cause health concerns

Somethings should be left to the professionals. And teeth whitening is one of those things. Over—at least—the last 10 years there have been a raft of DIY teeth whitening treatments most, if not all, of which tend to have poor results for people using them.

Of course, not all DIY kits are dangerous, but most of them are mediocre at best.

The biggest problem with DIY kits, whether they’re effective or dangerous, is that there’s no dental professional’s input in the process.

Which means patients have no idea if they even need teeth whitening, or actual dental care. Only a dental professional can properly assess a patient’s oral health. Making teeth whitening from a dentist the safer, more effective option.

Whitening trends and their effects on teeth

Over-the-counter whitening strips essentially dehydrate teeth giving them the appearance of whiteness. So, while this isn’t terrible for your teeth, overuse can cause tooth sensitivity and permanent damage to your teeth.

Your average consumer’s desire to have whiter teeth sees them buying and trying almost anything—from strange trends on social media to the cheapest products Amazon has to offer. Sometimes nothing much happens except a few people get sick, and products are pulled from sales.

Other times people cause irreparable harm to their teeth, and end up having to spend more money on dentistry than if they’d just gone to a dentist in the first place.

Dangerous TikTok trend

A more recent trend, brought to you by social media is cleaning teeth with Mr. Clean magic eraser. Yes, people are using small pieces of this strong abrasive cleaning product on their teeth, and are actually happy with the results…

Until they put the Mr Clean magic eraser on their gums. Or they apply it too often. Either way, putting a strong abrasive chemical cleaner on your teeth cannot be healthy for you.

Social media channels have put a health warning on any video that shows people using the cleaner on their teeth in an effort to dissuade people from trying this themselves.

Dangerous levels of bleach found in online whitening kits

Every now and then a story pops up on Google News about whitening products being pulled from shelves for having too much hydrogen peroxide. Over-the-counter whitening products legally have to have less hydrogen peroxide than what a dentist sell.

This is for obvious health reasons, and yet many consumers are unaware of how dangerous it can be. Mostly because the average consumer doesn’t associate white teeth with health but rather with cosmetics.

Selling the best whitening products available

Dentists who offer quality whitening systems for a competitive price are helping to reduce the number of people looking at unsafe and unhealthy DIY teeth whitening options.

Your average consumer still hasn’t made the connection between the color of their teeth and their health of their teeth. Most are just looking for a convenient, affordable way to whiten their teeth.

Niu Nait Take-Home Whitening System

Tru Tain offers Niu Nait Take-Home Whitening System. It’s developed by dentists to be hassle-free, pain-free, and doesn’t involve strips.

Results are seen in two weeks, and the whitening is available in two flavors: mint and strawberry. Patients who get their teeth whitened with this system swear by its effectiveness and ease of use. Especially those patients who don’t to whiten their teeth in their own time rather than sitting in a dentist’s chair for up to an hour.

Niu Nait Take-Home Whitening System is just one of the products Tru Tain offer if you’re looking to add an effective, affordable and easy-to-use take home whitening system to your dental practice.


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Accuracy of At Home Impressions

A dental impression is a negative engraving of the teeth and contiguous structures, just as the initial phase in creating dental prostheses, for example, removable false teeth and fixed restorations notwithstanding dental appliances, for example, mouthguards, brightening trays, retainers, and clear aligners.
Generally, to take an impression, patients must visit dental specialists in their office. Be that as it may, quicker and progressively effective medications including mechanized voice messages, messaging, and online entries with less human connection appear to be supported by more youthful ages.
This prompts an inquiry. Could patients securely and precisely take their own impressions in their home without the supervision of a dental specialist? There would be a few advantages for the patient, who might spare the time and cost related with a dental visit, while dental specialists could re-focus their consideration and valuable seat time on all the more requesting systems.
Yet, it likewise raises a few concerns, predominantly the wellbeing of the patient who may stifle or suction some remote material. An auxiliary concern is identified with the exactness of an impression taken by a layman.
The goal of this investigation is to decide whether a layman can securely take satisfactory dental impressions of the maxilla and mandible utilizing just the directions from an Impression-Taking Guide(ITG) and an impression unit including plate, impression material, and gloves (Figure 1). These impressions were contrasted with those taken by a dental specialist to evaluate clinical adequacy.
Members couldn’t be dental experts, nor would they be able to or anybody in their close family be utilized by the investigation’s support. The prohibition criteria additionally included:
• Any known malady that meddles with taking dental impressions
• Continuous orthodontic treatment
• Intraoral piercings that can’t be expelled during an impression
• Continuous malignancy treatment
• Free or portable teeth
• A total as well as halfway dental replacement
• Having under 24 perpetual teeth present
• Teeth with a past filled with self-announced preoperative pulpal issues
• Realized troubles breathing during a dental method
• Restricted mental limit and powerlessness to give educated assent
• Condition influencing salivary stream, for example, salivary organ issue or Sjögren’s Syndrome
• Uncontrolled caries
• Teeth requiring extraction for profound subgingival caries, cracks, or different conditions
• Proof of intense periodontal contamination, for example, a canker, suppuration, extreme expanding, or unconstrained dying
• Clinical signs and side effects of periapical pathology
• Whatever other condition that, in the perspective of the agent, may influence the capacity of a subject to finish the investigation
All members marked educated assent structures, gave segment data, and rounded out a clinical history poll. The examination was affirmed by the Institution Review Board (IRB) at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. It likewise got an endorsement for the Informed Consent Form that was utilized to acquire assent from study members.
Subjects got a restricted oral test to take an interest in the investigation. They likewise were told to brush their teeth before taking photos of a frontal view, maxillary occlusal see, and mandibular occlusal see.
Subjects began by taking two arrangements of impressions (two maxillary and two mandibular impressions), utilizing clay impression material. They at that point followed the criteria plot in the ITG, and the succession of taking an upper or lower impression was randomized.
The working time for every impression was 120 seconds and the setting time was 150 seconds, which was seen by inquire about staff who didn’t give guidelines, answer questions, or mediate (aside from security reasons) with the subject while taking two arrangements of impressions.
Toward the finish of the visit, every one of subjects’ inquiries were replied, and a constrained oral assessment was performed to decide whether any lingering impression material was left after the impression plate evacuation. Subjects were approached to flush their mouths completely utilizing water to guarantee there was no remaining material left in their oral cavities.
Utilizing similar criteria sketched out in the ITG, the co-specialist took a lot of maxillary and mandibular impressions that he viewed as clinically adequate while under the supervision of the essential examiner. In situations where the impressions were not regarded worthy, a subsequent impression was gotten. Just the worthy impressions were used in the investigation part of the examination. For routine sterilization, impressions were inundated for 10 to 15 minutes in disinfectant, or for an hour in the event of expanded danger of disease, trailed by washing under running water for 15 seconds.
Each subject had a sum of six impressions, or in certain cases eight impressions, taken. A total of 324 impressions was taken: 162 upper impressions (108 by the subjects, 54 by the clinician) and 162 lower impressions (108 by the subjects, 54 by the clinician). Every impression was shot and marked with an ace key known by the vital examiner as it were.
The photos of the subjects’ dentition were sorted out and marked with a similar ace key used to name the impressions. Subjects’ perceptions were recorded on the agent perception structure.
Onelimitation of the examination was that patients were not seen by a periodontist, so there was no periodontal assessment. Likewise, the examination was constrained to people with a normal of 28 years, for the most part females, which may require the contribution of more seasoned ages in the forthcoming investigations for assessment purposes.
The subjects said that the guidelines were clear and effectively comprehended. Be that as it may, a few challenges were accounted for. For instance, there were issues with the size of the gloves and plate. Thus, patients prescribed remembering diverse estimated gloves and plate for the pack.
Likewise, there were issues for patients in effectively recognizing the maxillary and mandibular plate. To keep away from patients’ disarray between the maxillary and mandibular plate, shading coding of the plate and adding the shading key to the ITG was proposed.
There were issues in catching the sense of taste and oral vestibules because of lacking weight applied when seating the plate intraorally, overmixing the impression material, undermixed impression material, and lopsided impression material blend.
To maintain a strategic distance from a deficient impression blend, it was suggested that as opposed to guiding the patient to blend the impression for a particular measure of time, the patient was better exhorted by the ITG to blend the impression until the blend gets homogenous with no shading streaks to guarantee appropriate blending.
Also, the measure of weight that ought to be applied during impression taking ought to be more explained in the ITG, and it ought to be explained that the plate should be completely situated to catch the necessary oral tissues. By and by, it was suggested that additional plate sizes ought to be given to help in maintaining a strategic distance from inadequate seating of the plate—if there should arise an occurrence of little plate/bigger curves—and to coordinate all curves shapes and sizes.
Adding a connect to a video showing the methodology to the ITG will assist patients with bettering comprehend what oral structures are required to be caught by the impression and guide them through the system bit by bit.
At long last, in the wake of executing these proposals, including a quality check in the dental labs before pouring throws will guarantee that the impressions taken by the patients meet the negligible satisfactory quality prerequisites.
Future examinations are important to survey if the impressions taken by the patient might be utilized to manufacture other dental apparatuses by a dental research facility, dispensing with the requirement for a patient to go straightforwardly to a dental office.
A layman can take impressions to create mouthguards, blanching plate, imperceptible aligners, and different apparatuses that don’t require the catch of sense of taste or oral vestibules, as these structures were the hardest to catch by the patients.
The irregularity of patient-establish connections catching the sense of taste or oral vestibules implies that manufacturing orthodontic machines utilizing a layman’s impression is as yet sketchy. All things considered, not catching the sense of taste will dispense with the danger of having a stifler reflex.
Future research is important to pour up the impressions and assess lab-prepared apparatuses, for example, mouthguards and dying plate in the patient for fit, precision, solace, and usefulness.
In a period when everybody claims a cell phone, a cell phone application where the patient could make a record, take intraoral pictures, and send them over to the lab so it could show signs of improvement image of the present oral wellbeing status, for example, downturn and gingival aggravation, would be of extraordinary advantage. In any case, pocket profundity and portability would not be assessed.

Dementia Linked to Poor Oral Hygiene

Dementia Linked to Poor Oral Hygiene

A past filled with interminable dental medical problems expands the chances of dementia, as indicated by a communitarian concentrate between analysts at National Taiwan University Hospital and the University of North Texas Health Science Center.

Late investigations recommend that harm to the cerebrum results from neighborhood fiery cells safeguarding the mind against an intermittent however low-level microbial attack. This theory recommends that any procedure that keeps up an irresistible supply, for example, incessant oral, lung, or gastrointestinal sickness, advance the entrance of inhabitant microorganisms to the mind, or bargain the cerebrum’s capacity to bar organisms from section would expand the chances related with obtaining dementia.

One end product inside this theory recommends that the microorganisms that populate the mouth have a favored course of access to the cerebrum by voyaging in reverse along the short nerves between the mind and mouth.

The present investigation inspected the relationship between oral wellbeing and dementia utilizing in excess of 200,000 new dementia cases recognized in the National Insurance Database for the whole populace of Taiwan. There were a larger number of ladies influenced than men, which seemed to result from their more noteworthy portrayal in the maturing populace.
Components that modify perfusion or oxygenation of the mind like stroke, hypertension, diabetes, and pneumonia expanded the chances of dementia. Records from the earlier 10 years additionally demonstrated that dental methodology that immediately reestablished homeostasis brought down the chances of dementia, and a past filled with interminable dental issues raised the chances of dementia.

“Prevention and delay are key goals in the approach to dementia. Good dental care and perhaps simple daily dental hygiene with regular brushing and rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash may be a productive intervention, especially among populations already having increasing difficulty performing their own routine daily care,” said Dr. J.L. Caffrey of the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.

Is Being a Dental Hygienist the Best Job Ever?

The Numbers

Dental hygienists delighted in a mean salary of $74,820 in 2018 and a normal of $36.30 every hour, which is a slight improvement over 2017’s $74,070 average. The best-paid 25% of hygienists made $89,619, while the least paid 25% made $62,490.

“For the amount of time and dollars spent in dental hygiene education, the return in annual salary is exponential.” said Laura J. Sleeper, director of the Plaza College Dental Hygiene Program.

Dental hygienists in Fairbanks, Alaska, have the most significant pay at $113,190, trailed by San Jose, California, at $112,210; Anchorage, Alaska, at $110,800; San Francisco at $109,750; and Santa Rosa, California, at $108,010.

By state, dental hygienists in Alaska had the most elevated mean compensation at $114,320, with California at $100,830, Washington at $90,690, Arizona at $85,890, and New Jersey at $85,860 balancing the main five.

Occupation Prospects

Besides, the BLS ventures 11% work development for dental hygienists somewhere in the range of 2018 and 2028, with around 23,700 occupations opening up. What’s more, there are a lot of reasons why the calling is blasting.

“This growth can be attributed to several factors, including second career seekers, retirement, and those with bachelor’s degrees who simply cannot find work in their chosen field. There are also dental assistants who have practiced for years but want more, and dental hygiene is the most logical next step,” Sleeper said.

Personal satisfaction

Dental cleanliness has advantages and disadvantages with regards to work fulfillment. US News and World Report evaluated the profession underneath normal with regards to upward versatility, with normal feelings of anxiety or more normal adaptability concerning working calendars and work-life balance.

The calling can be truly requesting, as well. US News and World Report notes how dental hygienists can return home with sore hands, wrists, and shoulders following a day of slouching over patients and utilizing an assortment of instruments. These experts, US News and World Report cautions, need to remain fit as a fiddle to forestall damage and appreciate a long profession.

In addition, numerous dental hygienists feel that the vocation is genuinely fulfilling, as it offers them a chance to give care to individuals who need it the most.

“Ask the dental hygienist who found an oral cancer lesion early or noticed that her patient wasn’t healing after initial nonsurgical therapy, and, with her dentist, referred to a medical doctor for blood testing and discovered that the patient had diabetes or leukemia, and intervention occurred,” said Sleeper.

“The dental hygienist can change lives, and patients become family. There is no price tag that can be associated with the effect that the dental hygienist can have on a patient’s life on a daily basis,” Sleeper said.

There are a lot of other impalpable advantages in dental cleanliness also. Notwithstanding its effect on other individuals, Jones referred to the calling’s significant levels of employer stability because of its numerous assorted chances, its consistency and security in everyday business, its incentive to the oral human services group, its adaptability and work-life parity, and how it is regarded by society.

Big Numbers of Youth Athletes Not Wearing Mouthguards

Big Numbers of Youth Athletes Not Wearing Mouthguards

November 2019, a survey sponsored by Delta Dental found alarming numbers of youth athletes that are not wearing mouthguards during sports. For example; while playing soccer, 37 million athletes under the age 12 don’t wear a mouthguard while playing soccer. Protecting the teeth and facial bones in young athletes seems to be an inadequate priority, as young people are loosing millions of teeth each and every year during sports injuries.

The survey found the numbers of young people not wearing mouthguards  as follows:

  • 79% gymnastics
  • 72% basketball
  • 71% soccer
  • 70% baseball
  • 65%volleyball
  • 61% skiing
  • 48% rugby
  • 40% lacrosse
  • 38% ice hockey
  • 34% field hockey
  • 34% boxing
  • 26% football

Custom formed mouthguards, especially dual layered systems such as ProForm, substantially reduce oral injuries in contact and non-contact sports. Such injuries as cracked or lost teeth; fractures in crowns, roots, jawbones, cheekbones; cuts tongue, gums, lips, and cheeks; broken or damaged blood vessels and abrasions. All of which are reduced by wearing a well fitted mouthguard.

Youth athletes can be encouraged to wear mouthguards be offering customization such as a team colors or their favorite designs. There are many different variations in one, two, and three color. Also available is the increasingly popular Tie-Dye and Fun Mouthguards such as fangs! Other option for customization include the centri-fuse logo maker, which enables the youth athlete to put their team logo or name onto the mouthguard.

Tru-Tain Retainer Background

dental forming materials

The Tru-Tain Retainer was developed over a 3-year period (1972-1975) by Dr. Lloyd Truax of Rochester, MN.  During this time, over 1500 retainers were placed.  Various types of materials, thicknesses, shapes and amounts of coverage were used to develop a retainer with the following qualities:  NEARLY INVISIBLE, DURABLE STABLE RETENTION, AND HAS FDA APPROVED MATERIAL.  The Tru-Tain Retainer is comfortable, more aesthetic, faster to fabricate, less expensive and retains better than any other retainer.

Very little pressure is needed to either move or retain the positions of teeth.  The Tru-Tain Retainer is very thin, yet strong enough to maintain adequate pressure, while not encroaching on the FREEWAY SPACE with detrimental effects.

Minor tooth movements of teeth may be made by altering positions of teeth on the model before vacuum forming the retainer.  This thin plastic is flexible, which is necessary to produce minor tooth movements.  THE DESIGN OF THIS RETAINER HAS BEEN USED FOR OVER 40 YEARS WITH EXCELLENT RESULTS.

Tru-Tain Retainer Construction Step by Step

  1.  Pour the impression with stone and without a base (both maxillary and mandible), a U-shaped model so the plastic can be properly vacuumed easily over the model
  2. The heater is turned on to heat (it takes about 2 to 3 minutes) while the bottom of gingival portion of the model is leveled on the cast trimmer.  CAUTION-the heating element will not heat properly if it is cooled by air from an air conditioning duct or an open window.
  3. Place the plastic in the heater frame and raise up toward the heating element.  Heat material until a ½ inch sag in the material is present.  Overheating until the plastic sags more than 1 inch will result in a retainer that is too thin and may have folds or creases in the model.  The heating time on a vacuum machine is around 45-65 seconds (time and amount of heat will vary with different machines).  More important than time is to watch for the sag of the material.  On Bio-Star type machine, code 103.  The proper amount of heat—the plastic is pliable to the touch and minute bubbles will just start to form in the plastic.  It is very important to heat properly or the plastic will not form correctly over the model.
  4. The vacuum motor must be turned on first, then bring the frame with the plastic down over the model (leave vacuum on until the plastic is closely adapted to the model).  Allow about 5 seconds.
  5. Trim the excess plastic from around the edges of the model with a large scissors.
  6. Use a scalpel to trim the plastic from 1 ½” to 2 mm apically to the gingival crest all around the labial, buccal and lingual of the model.
  7. Use Howe pliers to pull the excess trimmed plastic from the model.
  8. Remove the retainer from the model and trim it more with a crown & bridge scissors.  It is not necessary to buff the edge of this material.  In fact, buffing will make it ragged.  It can be smoothed with a diamond stone.
  9. Retainer is finished and ready to place.
  10. Variation: To allow setting of maxillary posterior teeth, the model is poured including the palate (keep the model short vertically so the plastic will vacuum properly over the model).  Only 6 anterior teeth and the palate are included in the retainer.  The plastic is trimmed 1 to 2 mm away from the lingual of the posterior teeth.
  11. The models are given to the patient and are brought back on retention visits.  If or when new retainers are made, it will only take about 5 minutes.
  12. Retainers can be made and placed within less than an hour after the impressions are taken.  This eliminates the need for a future appointment.  These splint retainers are placed by the patients at night only—the retainers are very thin in the posterior areas and will not encroach on the freeway space.  When minor tooth movement is desired or to hold space closed, only then is retainer placed during the day and removed only while eating, for approximately 3 to 8 weeks.  Retainers are MORE COMFORTABLE TO THE PATIENT, MORE ESTHETIC, FASTER TO MAKE, LESS EXPENSIVE, AND RETAIN BETTER THAN ANY RETAINERS ON THE MARKET.  The plastic is clear, thin, resilient and very tough.
  13. If you have any problems or questions regarding the TRU-TAIN RETAINER material, please call or email and we will be happy to assist.


GROWING CHILD:  After the bands have been removed, retainers are placed full time for 3 days and 3 nights removing only to eat and brush.  If a diastema has been closed or teeth have been re-positioned, then retainers must be placed full time for 2 months.  After 3 days, these retainers are placed nights only until third molars have erupted or are removed.  During the next year, they are placed every other night for 4 months:  twice a week for 4 months, once a week for 4 months.  Retainers are discontinued unless indefinite retention is indicated.

ADULT:  Adult patients place their retainers night and day for the first 3 days.  Then every night for 12 months; then the same as for a growing child.

REPOSITIONING TEETH:  Place retainers night and day for 2 months removing only to eat and brush.  Then nights only for 6 months.  Then only as per above instructions.


  • Clean retainers daily with toothpaste or soap.  Occasionally retainers may need to be placed in a denture or ultra sonic cleaner.  Never place in or around hot water; this will cause distorting.
  • TRU-TAIN RETAINERS usually last 1 to 2 years and some have not needed to be replaced for an even longer period of time.  Longevity of use will depend on patient wear etc.
  • Holes appearing on the incisal or occlusal (usually the cuspid area) do not effect retention.  If a split along the sides of occlusal occurs, a new retainer is necessary.

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