As orthodontists, we look at different pictures, x-rays and study models than your regular dentist. The combination of all of these orthodontic records help us achieve the ideal treatment outcome for your particular orthodontic issue. Read below to learn more!
The different components to Orthodontic Records
Pictures will be taken of your upper teeth, lower teeth, and bite.
Pictures will be taken with you smiling, with lips relaxed, and of your profile.
Models of Your Occlusion
We use digital impressions of your teeth in order to evaluate the bite relationship, any crowding or spacing and tooth size ratios.
Digital Panorex Radiograph
A digital Panorex radiograph allows the orthodontist to evaluate the eruption of the adult teeth and loss or resorption of any baby teeth. A Panorex also allows the doctor to check for any missing teeth, ectopic eruptions, impactions, tooth malformations, and potential pathological lesions.
Cavities are sometimes visible on a Panorex radiograph, but bite-wing and periapical radiographs, taken routinely by a pediatric or general dentist, offer superior diagnostic capabilities for detecting potential cavities.
Digital Lateral Cephalometric Radiograph (Lateral Ceph)
A lateral cephalometric radiograph enables the orthodontist to evaluate the upper jaw (maxilla) and lower jaw (mandible) relative to each other and to the base of the skull. From the radiograph, the orthodontist can assess a skeletal discrepancy between the two jaws in the sagittal plane and project any future growth.