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Will I get my braces with the first appointment?

I have an appointment for braces, but will I get them on the first appointment? I have already had x-rays done with my orthodontist and I am wondering what the first appointment will entitle. I am also having jaw surgery to help correct my bite.

Thanks, Katie

Dear Katie,

Usually your first appointment after your initial evaluation with your orthodontist consists of dental impressions, photos of your teeth, and the placement of rubber bands. Dental impressions are taken and a mold of your teeth is made so the orthodontist can correctly know which direction your teeth need to shift for proper alignment. Photos of your teeth and face are usually taken too. Rubber bands are usually placed in front and behind your molars to make room for the metal bands that will go on the teeth that hold the wires. Usually this is all that is done on the first visit. Your orthodontist will have you come back to place the braces on once the rubber bands have made enough room for the mental bands.

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