How Do X-Rays Track Progress In Orthodontics? 

Dr. Juan and the team at Seabreeze Orthodontics want to help you discover your smile, and what better way to get started than by learning about x-rays? They’re every orthodontist’s secret weapon, and today’s digital x-rays are more powerful, effective, and safe than ever before! So, how do x-rays track orthodontic progress? Let’s find out! 

What’s in an X-Ray, Anyway? 

Let’s start with a bit of background — discovered all the way back in 1895 by Dr. William Conrad, x-rays are, to put it simply, just a highly energized form of light. One interesting feature of X-ray light, and the one that makes it so useful, is that it has the ability to pass through soft tissues such as skin and organs without being absorbed, while more dense material, like bone, absorbs the light.

This leaves your orthodontic professional (Dr. Juan!) with a nicely contrasted image to work with. The level of detail x-rays can provide us of your teeth and jaw is essential when it comes to developing your treatment plan! 

That sort of advanced imaging is what makes so much of healthcare possible, and orthodontia is no exception. 

How X-Rays Monitor Braces Progress

When you get braces, it’s important that we have a way to follow their progress. This imaging process is a precise science, and x-rays are an important part of that process. It’s a good thing, then, that they’re safe and effective! 

Visualizing the Invisible

X-rays are crucial for visualizing the positions of teeth below the gum line – an essential aspect of orthodontics that ensures braces are effective in moving teeth into their correct positions.

This imaging technology provides a roadmap for Dr. Juan, allowing him to forecast potential challenges and outcomes more accurately.

Periodic Comparisons

By periodically comparing X-rays taken throughout your treatment, we can provide you with a clear visual timeline of your progress. This ongoing record doesn’t just confirm the effectiveness of the current treatment approach, but it also lets us know if things aren’t going exactly right so we can adjust. 

These comparative X-rays are a big part of helping us to keep up the precise control over your tooth movement we need and to help us predict how your teeth will respond to further orthodontic adjustments.

How Do X-Rays Track Progress In Orthodontics? 

Advanced Imaging Techniques

In today’s orthodontic care, advanced imaging techniques are key to providing top-tier treatment with high accuracy and patient comfort.

Digital X-rays in Orthodontics

Our office is equipped with advanced digital X-ray machines that produce immediate results, allowing for on-the-spot treatment planning. This quick turnaround is essential for maintaining the momentum of your orthodontic adjustments.

The clarity and detail provided by digital X-rays are even better than their pre-digital precursors, allowing Dr. Juan to make even more informed and precise decisions about your orthodontic care.

Making Sense of X-Ray Images

Dr. Juan has learned how to interpret the images produced by digital x-rays over years of experience and highly specialized training.  

And since he can interpret these images, that means that he can also detect potential issues early, even those that might not be visible during a regular examination. That means we can focus on actively working to better your smile, not just reacting to problems as they arise. 

The X-Ray Process Explained

Getting an X-ray might sound a bit technical, but it’s really just a quick and easy way for us to get a good look at what’s going on inside your mouth. Here’s a step-by-step guide to what happens and why it’s important for orthodontic care.

Before the X-Ray

Before we start, we’ll explain the entire process so you know exactly what to expect. You’ll be given a lead apron to wear, which helps to protect your body from unnecessary exposure to X-rays. It’s important for you to remove any jewelry or metal objects that could interfere with the image results.

The team at Seabreeze will then help you get positioned correctly at the X-ray machine. Depending on the type of X-ray, you might sit or stand. It’s crucial that you stay very still while the X-ray is taken to ensure that the images come out clear and are useful in planning your treatment.

During the X-Ray

Taking an X-ray is very quick – it usually only takes a few seconds. The machine will make a small noise while the X-ray is taken, but you won’t feel anything unusual. It’s completely painless.

Sometimes, we need to take images from different angles to get a complete view of your teeth and jaw. This means you might need to reposition between shots. Each position serves a unique purpose in giving us a comprehensive view of your oral structure.

After the X-Ray

Once the X-rays are taken, Dr. Juan will review the images. This helps him assess your dental condition accurately and develop a treatment plan that is tailored specifically to your orthodontic needs.

We’ll discuss the findings with you in detail. This includes showing you any areas of concern and explaining what the images mean for your treatment options. This is a great time to ask any questions you might have about your treatment plan or the X-ray images themselves.

How Do X-Rays Track Progress In Orthodontics? 

Call Today to Get Started! 

Here at Seabreeze Orthodontics, nothing matters more than you and your family. Dr. Juan works hard to ensure you have the best experience possible, and your consultation at our Myrtle Beach office is always free! Give us a call, and let’s get started on your new smile today!