We are not just Hawley Retainers & Hyraxes
An oral surgeon from around the corner called my lab the other week with an emergency, wondering if we made flippers? A patient of his, who was about to graduate college, had an unfortunate encounter between a baseball bat and his front teeth and he needed to look good for his big day. –we’ve been making flippers for over 25 years.
We can understand the oral surgeon’s lack of understanding of what we do in the lab. After 25 years in this business, my Mom still tells people that I make teeth. So, I just thought I would take a moment to clear up a few things.
Mom, I do not make teeth. That is a dental lab. I have absolutely no idea what goes into making partials, dentures, crowns and surgical guides.
As I mentioned in my previous letter, “News and Views from the 2016 AAO Convention,” the tech people grumbled about the “under usage” of their technology, not using it to their full potential. Are you under utilizing your local orthodontic lab and not realizing the full potential of your dental practice?
This is some of the typical work we get calls for:
We can use your color guide or provide you with one of our own to make you these temporary appliances, either with the acrylic base or we can insert the pontics into clear retainers. (Up to three teeth.) Clasping options are as varied as that with our Hawley Retainers, including no clasps.
Used to protect soft tissue after replacement surgery.
Fixed “Maintainers” & Habit Appliances
Lower lingual arches, nances, trans palatal arches, tongue cribs and more to help maintain tooth position while teeth erupt or to help break bad habits.
We offer a wide selection using a variety of materials and thicknesses. Raintree Essix is our basic material for thermoformed retainers, but we are an Erkodent supplier for this superior material, whether it is the hard Erodur or the hard/soft Erkodent-Pro. Check out our website for information on Erkodent.
Custom fits, superior protection, in various thicknesses and colors. Whether your patient needs one for a light contact sport or a full contact sport, we can help provide the protection they need.
Of Course, Hawley Retainers
Our standard comes with a variety of clasping options, colors and auxiliaries for increased functionality. Upgrade to Duraloy wire and the wire work is guaranteed for the life of the retainer (5+ years)
As a certified lab for iTero, Trios and 3M, we can accept scans directly from the scanners, though we can accept emailed STL files from any scanner. We can base the models and have them printed in resin. We can also scan your plaster or stone models to create 3D files that can be easily stored, viewed or shared using free software. Please check here for new applications of this technology.
Alignment and Realignment
You already do oral health checks as part of routine visits– why not do alignment checks? Whether your patient has had orthodontic treatment or not, teeth can shift as we get older. The earlier it is caught, the easier it is to fix. We offer short series of invisible trays and ideal spring aligners to treat minor cases and orthodontic relapse. Check out our Crystalign Work Flow for more information.