Why Does the Orthodontist Need to X-Ray?
Orthodontists perform x-rays for different reasons. Patients who have undergone an x-ray at a primary dental expert’s office are often baffled when an orthodontist requires another similar procedure. Dental x-rays don’t always provide comprehensive information that is required by orthodontists. People who have teeth misalignment, for example, need more than one x-ray. An orthodontist x-ray is primarily used as a diagnostic tool before and after the treatment process. The most common x-ray that is performed by orthodontists is the bitewing imaging, which provides a detailed look at individual groups of teeth.
X-rays show the lighter areas of the tooth like the enamel and the fillings as well as the dark sections, such as the bones, root canals, and decay. Orthodontists are trained to assess both areas to identify abnormalities in particular sections of the mouth. Here are other reasons the orthodontist need to x-ray.
Dr. Michael McDermott earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in both Chemistry and Biology from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. He followed his undergraduate degrees with a doctorate in dental surgery at the University of Minnesota, where he graduated with highest distinction.
Dr. Mike then furthered his dental education by earning a masters and certificate in Orthodontics at the University of St. Louis in Missouri.