How Often is Digital Imaging Required?

How Often is Digital Imaging Required?

When you visit your orthodontist, you want to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you’re getting the most effective treatment for your teeth.

You want your orthodontist to use the best tools available to help them make a diagnosis and plan the best possible treatment. One of those tools is digital imaging. But how does it work and when is it needed?

In this blog, Howard Spector, DDS, of Millennium Park Orthodontics in Chicago explains how imaging technology works and when it’s used.

What is digital imaging?

When standard X-rays first became available, they were a giant leap forward in the arena of diagnostics. Imagine being treated while knowing that your doctor can’t tell exactly why your teeth are causing you problems, because they can’t actually see the structural issues below your gums.

In recent years, digital technology has taken imaging forward even further, giving orthodontists the ability to get detailed images of your teeth and jaw structure. To obtain digital images, Dr. Spector or an orthodontic assistant uses a handheld wand to scan the inside of your mouth.

This scan takes only a few minutes, is completely pain-free, and involves no messy or goopy molds that orthodontists used in the past. The wand stitches together thousands of small images to form seamless, precise images of your mouth. These images are instantly available on a computer, where your orthodontist can view your teeth and bite from various angles to determine the best treatment plan.

Who needs digital imaging?

Digital imaging isn’t needed in every situation, but it can be especially helpful in some cases. If you have a history of oral disease, for instance, digital imaging can be important so your provider can see how treatment will affect each tooth.

Digital imaging is also important in early orthodontic cases. An orthodontist would need this information to see how the development of the teeth and jaw are coming along to know how best to correct any problems and prevent future issues.

Of course, there are other times when digital imaging is necessary, but it always depends on the individual situation. If Dr. Spector thinks digital imaging would be helpful in your case, he will explain why and what you should expect.

If you need orthodontic treatment and want to learn more about your options, Dr. Spector can help you. To learn more, call 312-726-9528 to book an appointment with Millennium Park Orthodontics today.

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