Dr. Mark Burbey, Orthodontist
When taking impressions on a patient, we typically take one of the top and one of bottom teeth, so two in total. Only one impression is taken at a time. A properly sized tray is used for each patient depending on width of their arches. We line the edges of the trays with a soft material, so that when placed in the mouth, it is comfortable for the patient. The impression material is called alginate and is mixed with water in the Alginator.
Once the impressions have been removed from the mouth, the patient can see how each tooth has made a perfect indent in the material. These impressions are then taken down to the lab, so models can be made into a special plaster. The models are then reviewed by Dr. Burbey and he can use these to set up a treatment plan or to see the progress of treatment that has already been started.
Here at Burbey Orthodontics, we always want our patients to fully understand each process, so we can make you feel as comfortable as possible. Many patients are relieved after having impressions taken because they see how easy it is.
If you ever have any concerns or want us to walk you through any part of the process, don’t be afraid to ask us at the office.