Instructions

HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL RECEIVE.

1. Your return box (containing all of the impression materials) and your "Customer Information Sheet".

 

 

 2. Three sizes of upper and or lower impression trays. Depending on your order.

          UPPER TRAY                      LOWER TRAY

 3. An impression putty set (Base and Catalyst) for each impression.

To ensure that your upper and lower impressions are deep and accurate enough for us to make your new retainers, READ THROUGH ALL OF THE INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE YOU BEGIN THE IMPRESSION TAKING PROCESS!!!  After you've read all of the instructions, please carefully follow each step shown below:

Step One- PREP
  • Before you begin, wash your hands then brush and floss your teeth.
  • Test the three different tray sizes in your mouth before you do anything else. NOTE: Use the largest tray that can fit comfortably in your mouth. Pulling your cheek to the side with a "hooked finger" will make it easier to fit larger trays.
  • You will know which size is best when your teeth can fit inside the tray without hitting the inner walls. If the tray is too narrow for your mouth, your teeth will scrape the side walls of the tray, making it unusable.
Step Two- OPEN AND MIX THE PUTTY (Mix 20-25 SECONDS)
  • Remove ONE full white putty and ONE full red putty from their containers. IMPORTANT: DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TAKE UPPER AND LOWER IMPRESSIONS TOGETHER. ONLY MAKE ONE UPPER OR LOWER IMPRESSION AT A TIME.
  • Set a timer for FOUR MINUTES & 30 SECONDS and press start.
  • Immediately begin mixing the white and red putty together vigorously until the two putties become a solid color.  

WARNING: Don't mix for longer than 30 seconds. After (40-45) seconds, the putty will start to harden, making it difficult to take an impression.
    TIME ELAPSED (20-25 SECONDS)
    Step Three- SHAPE THE PUTTY AND PLACE INTO TRAY (15 SECONDS)
    • Immediately after mixing the putty, roll it into a ball and then make it into a log shape.
    • Bend the log-shaped putty so it looks like an "arch".

    • Place "arch"-shaped putty inside the tray with more in the front and less putty tapered off towards the back end.

      TIME ELAPSED (35-40 SECONDS)
      Step Four- TAKE YOUR IMPRESSION AND WAIT (3 MINUTES & 50 SECONDS)
      UPPER IMPRESSION
       
      • Put the tray with putty into your mouth and use a mirror to center the tray underneath your upper teeth.
      • Make sure there are at least 2-3 mm of space between your front teeth and the inside wall of the impression tray to avoid scraping the plastic on the way in. CAUTION: DO NOT bite down into the putty!!!  Place your thumbs underneath the tray (your right thumb along the "right underside" of the tray and your left thumb along the "left underside" of the tray).
      • Once the tray is resting in position, press it straight up with one single push, as deeply and evenly as possible. The putty should completely cover your teeth, passing the gum-line.

      • Pull your upper lip up and over the edge of the tray.

      • As you are waiting for the putty to harden, you may rest your jaw and gently close your mouth, but don't clench your teeth or apply any pressure at all. If you clench your teeth, the putty will shift and become distorted.
       
      LOWER IMPRESSION
      • Put the tray with putty into your mouth and use a mirror to center the tray above your lower teeth. 
      • Make sure there are at least 2-3 mm of space between your front teeth and the inside wall of the impression tray to avoid scraping the plastic on the way in.
      • DO NOT bite down onto the tray with your upper teeth!!! Place your fingers on top of the tray (your right index and middle fingers along the "top right side" of the tray and your left index and middle fingers along the "top left side" of the tray).
      • Once the tray is resting in position, press it straight down with one single push, as deeply and evenly as possible. The putty should completely cover your teeth, passing the gum-line.

      • Pull your bottom lip down and then up over the edge of the tray.

      • As you wait for the putty to harden, you may rest your jaw and gently close your mouth, but don't clench your teeth or apply any pressure at all. If you clench your teeth, the putty will shift and become distorted.
      NOTE: You will likely produce extra saliva and even drool (like our furry buddy Max here) while waiting for the putty to harden. We suggest having paper towels or tissues present.
          TIME ELAPSED (4 MINUTES & 30 SECONDS)
          Step Five- REMOVE THE FINISHED IMPRESSION FROM YOUR MOUTH
          • Gently press against an area of putty with your fingertip to see if it has fully hardened. CAUTION: If the putty is still "squishy" to the touch, wait an additional 30-40 seconds.
          • Grip the top and bottom of the tray between your thumbs and fingers (don't pull on the tray handle). Gradually pull downward on the upper tray or push upward on the lower tray (there will be some resistance) until it pops off of your teeth. NOTE: Do NOT remove the impression too soon. If the putty is not fully hardened it will become distorted as you remove the tray and will be unusable.
          Step Six- INSPECT YOUR IMPRESSION(S)
          • Rinse your impression with water and dry with a paper towel.
          • Before sending in your impression, take a moment to evaluate the overall quality. WARNING: DO NOT REMOVE THE PUTTY FROM THE IMPRESSION TRAY UNLESS YOU HAVE TO REDO THE IMPRESSION. WE CANNOT USE THE IMPRESSION IF IT HAS BEEN TAKEN OUT OF ITS TRAY. 
          • Your impression should capture the entirety of your teeth as well as the gum-line.

                  GOOD UPPER IMPRESSION                      GOOD LOWER IMPRESSION

              Step Seven- SEND PICTURES OF YOUR IMPRESSION(S) FOR APPROVAL
              • Take a picture of your impression at a 45-degree angle with good lighting (like the example pictures shown above).
              • Send your picture(s) via email to info@clearretain.com (Please also include your name and order number).
              • WAIT FOR OUR APPROVAL BEFORE SHIPPING YOUR PACKAGE TO US. This is to save you time and money. WARNING: If you do not send pictures for approval and the impression is not usable, you will have to purchase a remake kit for a new impression. NOTE: The retainer we make for you will only be as good as the impression you send in. 
              Step Eight- SHIPPING YOUR IMPRESSION(S)
              • Seal your impression in one of the ziplock bags that the putty or trays were in. 
              • Place the bagged impression(s), the information sheet (size of a credit card), and any unused trays or impression putty into the return box. NOTE: Don't peel the information sheet sticker off of its backing! Simply place it inside the box with the other materials. We will use the sticker here at our lab once your package arrives.
              • Tape the box shut.
              • Write your name and shipping address at the top of the prepaid return label located on the box.

              • Drop your package off at your local post office (USPS)