At Who Does Your Teeth, we want to give each of our patients the best dental and oral care possible. This means that we use the latest dental technology, including cephalometric X-rays, to give you precise and personal treatment plans that will give you a smile that you love! By using cephalometric X-rays in Henrico, Virginia, Dr. Jeffrey Neal can view the relationship between your jaw, teeth, and surrounding bone structure, and know which treatments will be the safest and most effective. Please contact us today at 804-447-1435 to learn more and to set up your appointment with our dentist.
Cephalometric X-rays, or sometimes called ceph X-rays, are unique tools commonly used in orthodontics to assist in providing accurate treatments. Most often, these X-rays are taken during your first visit to the orthodontist to be part of your treatment records. Cephalometric X-rays are very similar to panoramic X-ray and are completely painless and comfortable. When you have your cephalometric X-ray taken, our doctor will gently place plastic ear rods just inside your ears as you stand in front of the X-ray; these rods will hold your head still and align it to be the proper distance from the X-ray film. In just 10 seconds, your X-ray is complete.
Cephalometric X-rays produce a radiographic image of your profile, or the side of your face. It displays your teeth, the upper and lower jaws, your nasal and sinus passages, and your facial bone structure. This profile image assists our doctor in a variety of ways, including:
- Calculating how orthodontic or other treatment will affect the jaw and surrounding bone.
- Viewing and monitoring growth patterns in the jaw and teeth.
- Determining potential treatment plans.
- Providing accurate information about bite alignment, particularly malocclusions or “bad bites”.
- Locating fractures and injuries to the jawbone and teeth.
Our dentist uses cephalometric X-rays to provide you with a better and more accurate treatment plan that fits your unique smile and oral structure. If you would like to know more about cephalometric X-rays, we invite you to call or visit our office today.