3-D X-Rays and Orthodontics

3-D x-rays and Orthodontics are a Game Changer

Game changing technology advancements have been happening all over the field of orthodontics. With new materials used for orthodontic appliances, new software and new imaging all available to patients orthodontists are working to shorten treatment times as well as the deliver higher-quality results with each and every new patient. 3-D x-rays are perhaps one of the biggest improvements in orthodontist rate within the last decade.

These types of x-rays began finding their way into orthodontist’s offices around 2001 and with a 3-D x-ray an orthodontist can effectively see into a patient’s mouth in all three dimensions to plan a proper treatment option and simulate results before treatment has even occurred, and his treatment is ongoing.

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In the past patients were required to get a number of x-rays of their mouth so that an orthodontist could build a proper map of all of their teeth and the structure of their jaw so the treatment could be planned.

3-D x-rays can take one single x-ray of a patient’s entire mouth which means that the patient is exposed to less radiation and far more accurate results when it comes to planning treatment options. Rather than having to piece several images together a three D X Ray can create a true model of the patient’s mouth for the most accurate results when it comes to planning any treatment. Orthodontists can move this 3-D image and view the patient’s mouth from every angle.

3-D x-rays can also allow an orthodontist to create a 3-D model of someone’s mouth that they can use with specific software. Depending on the software that an orthodontist has access to, results from various treatment options can all be simulated using that software so that a patient can see how their smile will eventually look and the orthodontist can get a better idea of what needs to take place during the course of treatment.

3-D models allow orthodontist to give better time estimates for the length of treatment as well as determine the best possible course of treatment for each individual patient. They can lead to less orthodontic visits and also ensure that results are more predictable than ever before.

In a software study evaluating patients who had impacted canines, doctors that had used two-dimensional films misdiagnosed their treatment plan 40% more than doctors who had access to 3-D x-ray technology. This is why it is so important to select an orthodontist office that has this type of technology available for your treatment options.

If you would like to start your journey towards achieving a better smile called King Orthodontics in Centerville or Fairborn today. We can schedule a free consultation to help you understand the process and to present some treatment options that can give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of.

King Orthodontics, 400 East Dayton, Yellow Springs Rd. Fairborn, OH 45324 Phone: (937) 878-1561 Fax: (937) 433-9530 

3-D x-rays and Orthodontics