Some patients wonder why x-rays are needed before and during their orthodontic treatment.
Orthodontic x-rays are essential for us to properly assess your orthodontic problem and provide the most appropriate treatment. They are used to assess the angulation of the teeth, to determine how much supporting bone you have and to assess root length and the health of your teeth.
They also enable our skilled team to check for any other dental anomalies, such as missing or supernumerary (extra) teeth. In more basic terms, x-rays give your dentist or orthodontist a view inside your mouth that they would never be able to see otherwise. This ‘inside look’ allows Dr Shell to provide patients with the best care and advice.
With modern technology, the amount of radiation a person receives from orthodontic x-rays is minimal.