One of the appointments with your orthodontist will serve the purpose of gathering and compiling orthodontic records. These records are very important for all the stages of your treatment. These records will help your orthodontic team create a game plan that produces the best possible results. These records help the orthodontist in several ways. Using your records they will be able to properly diagnose your issues as well as develop plans that will fix your teeth in minimal time.
Types Of Records:
- Panoramic x-ray
- Cephalometric x-ray
- Facial and dental photographs
- Impression or “molds” of the teeth
- Wax bite registration
Depending on your case don’t be surprised if you have to take a more extensive dental examination after the first one. The reason for this is that a more thorough look is required to find if there’s other issues. During your examination, your orthodontist’s aid will take a panoramic X-ray. This type of X ray will serve the purpose of creating an image of both your upper and lower teeth. Additionally, it will provide your orthodontist with the knowledge of what your jaw and teeth roots state is. The X ray also provides other valuable information that we won’t get into.
A cephalometric X ray might also be required for your records. This type of X ray is different from the panoramic one in that it focuses on your front teeth as well as your upper and lower jaws. This type is used mostly on kids and teeth to see how their jaws and teeth develop.
After taking your X rays, your orthodontist will want impressions of your teeth and bite. These serve various purposes during your treatment. You’ll have to bite into a mouth tray that has a form of paste made from seaweed called alginate. After a couple of minutes it will be removed and your teeth impressions are molded.