Digital X-Rays: Cutting-Edge Imaging for Picture-Perfect Smiles
At Diamond Braces, your smile begins with state-of-the-art X-ray imaging. This gives your orthodontic team the full picture of your teeth, including what’s below: root system, jaw structure, and bone alignment.
This helps us understand the whole system creating your current dental alignment, and devise a safe and effective plan for aligning your teeth into their correct positions, for a healthy, beautiful smile that’s built to last.
We use the latest digital x-ray technology to quickly and thoroughly capture a comprehensive dental image: instead of printing the x-rays, digital x-rays allow for instant imaging, which means faster results using a safer procedure.
The crystal-clear digital x-rays give your orthodontist the images they need to create a custom plan for your braces treatment, with intricate detail so that every last tooth is moved into its correct position safely, effectively, and with lasting results. Digital X-Rays provide higher-resolution imagery, to help your orthodontist plan your treatment faster and with more precision.
What Are Digital Dental X-Rays?
Dental X-Rays are known as panoramic radiographs: 2-dimension images of your teeth, jaw, and bones, which give your orthodontist a complete picture of your dental alignment. Older technology required printing the x-rays onto plastic sheets, but digital x-rays have revolutionized radiography.
Now, digital imaging allows for instant generation of the x-ray pictures, so your orthodontist can immediately assess your dental structure and make a treatment plan with complete information about your smile. Safer, faster, and more cost-effective, digital x-rays lower the cost of your treatment, while providing your orthodontist with a safe, rapid, effective method to produce an image of your teeth.
Dental x-rays are entirely safe, and your dental professional will take all necessary precautions, such as a lead apron and removal of metal jewelry, before taking your x-rays, to keep you safe.
What Happens During a Digital Dental X-Ray?
Your orthodontist will take x-rays at the beginning of your treatment to develop a treatment plan.
Taking x-rays is very easy: you will be given a lead apron to protect your body from the very low amounts of radiation. You may also have to remove any metal jewelry to keep it from distorting the images. You will stand while the orthodontist or an assistant arranges the imaging instrument against your cheeks. They will take several images of your mouth from the outside.
You may also be given a bite-stick to take bitewing x-rays: these show the alignment of your bite, which is a crucial part of the orthodontic treatment process.
Digital x-rays appear instantly on the screen: you’ll be able to see a complete picture of your teeth, and your orthodontist can show you what’s misaligned with your teeth, and explain the plan for fixing them.
Are Digital Dental X-Rays Safe?
Yes, digital dental x-rays are entirely safe. In fact, digital x-rays are actually even safer than traditional x-rays, because they do not require printing on x-ray sheets; instead, they create an instant image on a digital screen, which is saved in your records and can be used right away to develop a treatment plan. Digital X-rays produce 80% less radiation than traditional x-rays.
The amount of radiation used in dental x-rays is minimal, and has been deemed entirely safe by the FDA for children and adults. You will be provided with a lead apron to further protect against the very small amount of radiation used in digital dental x-rays.
Do Dental X-Rays Use Radiation?
Yes, to get a complete image of your mouth, dental x-rays use a small amount of radiation: the amount of radiation is extremely small. For a series of 4-5 images, you would be exposed to about the same amount of radiation as you would on a several-hour airline flight.
The amount of radiation is very small, so the FDA deems x-rays very safe for children, teens, and adults.
Furthermore, digital x-rays expose patients to even less radiation than the already-small amount used in traditional x-rays. Digital x-rays dilute the amount of radiation by 80%.
Are Dental X-Rays Safe During Pregnancy?
Yes, it is safe to get digital dental x-rays during pregnancy. You will be provided with a lead apron and the area to be x-rayed is your mouth, far away from the developing fetus.
If you have questions about getting digital x-rays while pregnant, consult your obstetrician or orthodontist.
Can I Get Dental X-Rays with Braces On?
Yes, while the x-rays are taken before your metal braces are put on, it is sometimes necessary to take x-rays in the middle of treatment. Your dentist will also likely take x-rays for your general exams even while you are getting braces treatment.
It is perfectly safe to get x-rays with your braces on. The metal won’t endanger you and your dental professional will still be able to get the images they need.
Digital Dental X-Rays Get You Started on a Smile Journey to Last a Lifetime!
State-of-the-art digital dental x-rays are just one of the many tools we use to straighten teeth safely, effectively, and with comprehensive results designed to last.
With industry-leading technology and an expert, licensed orthodontist, your smile is in great hands, for a future grin that will keep shining for years to come!