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Do orthodontists make impressions of your teeth during the first visit?

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Dr. Hilary Baskin
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Possibly

Some do, some wait until after the first consult (we do it at your second apt, for example).
. It depends on the practice.

In brief: Possibly

Some do, some wait until after the first consult (we do it at your second apt, for example).
. It depends on the practice.
Dr. Hilary Baskin
Dr. Hilary Baskin
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Dr. Brent Mcfarland
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not always

Impressions are an essential part of orthodontic records but don't have to be made at first visit.

In brief: Not always

Impressions are an essential part of orthodontic records but don't have to be made at first visit.
Dr. Brent Mcfarland
Dr. Brent Mcfarland
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Usually

If your first visit is a consultation only, you might not have impressions taken.
However after the consultation appointment, impressions must be taken in order to treatment plan your case. In other words, the dentist/orthodontist will need to know what your oral condition is now, in order to plan your treatment.

In brief: Usually

If your first visit is a consultation only, you might not have impressions taken.
However after the consultation appointment, impressions must be taken in order to treatment plan your case. In other words, the dentist/orthodontist will need to know what your oral condition is now, in order to plan your treatment.
Dr. Marguerite Myers
Dr. Marguerite Myers
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In brief: They might

Orthodontists need to take records of your mouth so that your case can be evaluated an a course of treatment determined.
This may or may not happen on the first visit.

In brief: They might

Orthodontists need to take records of your mouth so that your case can be evaluated an a course of treatment determined.
This may or may not happen on the first visit.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Dr. Brandon Martin
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Generally No.

The new patient exam is a chance to get to know your future orthodontist, get a preliminary diagnosis, review treatment options if treatment is indicated, and get a financial estimate.
In order to give you an accurate diagnosis and proposed treatment, many orthodontists will take x-rays and photos during your initial consultation. Generally, molds are not needed at this time.

In brief: Generally No.

The new patient exam is a chance to get to know your future orthodontist, get a preliminary diagnosis, review treatment options if treatment is indicated, and get a financial estimate.
In order to give you an accurate diagnosis and proposed treatment, many orthodontists will take x-rays and photos during your initial consultation. Generally, molds are not needed at this time.
Dr. Brandon Martin
Dr. Brandon Martin
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