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In order to have a molding of the teeth at an orthodontist, do the braces have to be removed?

24 doctors weighed in
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Dentistry - Orthodontics
3 doctors agree

In brief: In most cases, no

In most cases a molding can be made with the appliance in place.

In brief: In most cases, no

In most cases a molding can be made with the appliance in place.
Dr. Manuel Sousa
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not at all

Impressions can be taken with braces in place.

In brief: Not at all

Impressions can be taken with braces in place.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. David Schleimer
Dentistry - Orthodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: NO

This is a very common thing for an orthodontist.
The braces may cause a very small amount of distortion, but for the purpose (usually a retainer in a younger patient), it is just fine. It will make it easier if the wire is removed and then replaced, but it is not a necessity. Never have had to remove braces for an impression for my purposes in 30 years of orthodontic practice. Good luck!

In brief: NO

This is a very common thing for an orthodontist.
The braces may cause a very small amount of distortion, but for the purpose (usually a retainer in a younger patient), it is just fine. It will make it easier if the wire is removed and then replaced, but it is not a necessity. Never have had to remove braces for an impression for my purposes in 30 years of orthodontic practice. Good luck!
Dr. David Schleimer
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Dr. Louis Sterling
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

No. Not necessary.

In brief: No

No. Not necessary.
Dr. Louis Sterling
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Dr. Alex Shvartsman
Dentistry - Cosmetic
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not always

It depends.

In brief: Not always

It depends.
Dr. Alex Shvartsman
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Dr. Gary Chapman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Orthodontic impressions can be made with braces on the teeth.
Accuracy of the surfaces with the braces attached is compromised, but for checking a surgical case set up or making transfer records, they work just fine with the braces on.

In brief: No

Orthodontic impressions can be made with braces on the teeth.
Accuracy of the surfaces with the braces attached is compromised, but for checking a surgical case set up or making transfer records, they work just fine with the braces on.
Dr. Gary Chapman
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Dr. Debi Williams
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

The alginate material is designed to make a mold of your teeth without taking your braces off.
...Don't worry.

In brief: No

The alginate material is designed to make a mold of your teeth without taking your braces off.
...Don't worry.
Dr. Debi Williams
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Dr. Gregory Johnson
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Ortho impressions

You do not have to remove the braces to take orthodontic study model impressions.
However it will be advisable to have the arch wires connecting those braces removed before the impressions are taken.

In brief: Ortho impressions

You do not have to remove the braces to take orthodontic study model impressions.
However it will be advisable to have the arch wires connecting those braces removed before the impressions are taken.
Dr. Gregory Johnson
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Dr. Hilary Baskin
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: No

Not "neccessary" but typically, depending on what the mold is required for, we ususally only take them on patients without braces.
On rare occation, there is a need to take them with braces on.

In brief: No

Not "neccessary" but typically, depending on what the mold is required for, we ususally only take them on patients without braces.
On rare occation, there is a need to take them with braces on.
Dr. Hilary Baskin
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Dr. S. Jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: No, but

Impressions for molds of your teeth are made for a variety of reasons.
Braces can be in place for many types of impressions, but not in others. Your orthodontist will let you know what is required in your case.

In brief: No, but

Impressions for molds of your teeth are made for a variety of reasons.
Braces can be in place for many types of impressions, but not in others. Your orthodontist will let you know what is required in your case.
Dr. S. Jay Bowman
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Dr. Byron Bonebreak
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: No

I do it all the time, others may disagree.

In brief: No

I do it all the time, others may disagree.
Dr. Byron Bonebreak
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Dr. Kenneth Zipkin
Dentistry

In brief: No

No.

In brief: No

No.
Dr. Kenneth Zipkin
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Dr. Deborah Sappington
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Not necessarily

An orthodontist or orthodontic assistant is able to take a mold of the teeth if there are braces present.
Whether the braces must be removed or not depends on where you are in treatment. If you are ready for removal, then the braces are removed first, and an impression is taken from which a retainer may be made to be sure that the teeth do not try to relapse into their prior positions.

In brief: Not necessarily

An orthodontist or orthodontic assistant is able to take a mold of the teeth if there are braces present.
Whether the braces must be removed or not depends on where you are in treatment. If you are ready for removal, then the braces are removed first, and an impression is taken from which a retainer may be made to be sure that the teeth do not try to relapse into their prior positions.
Dr. Deborah Sappington
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Dr. David Schleimer
A different point of view: Phase I patients who typically have molars and incisors in braces present a different way of making retainers. I always take an impression of the maxillary arch with braces on, then remove the braces from the plaster cast and fabricate the Hawley type retainer, so that at the next visit the braces are removed, and the retainer is immediately placed. No waiting time, no relapse. If non extraction a lower lingual holding arch is fabricated and is inserted at the chair at the removal visit. If extraction case, use same strategy as with the maxilla. Voila! Easy and more control.
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: No

No, impressions can be easily taken with braces on.
Often the wire will be removed first, but, even if it is not, the mold can still be usable.

In brief: No

No, impressions can be easily taken with braces on.
Often the wire will be removed first, but, even if it is not, the mold can still be usable.
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
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