Orthodontic radiographs (often called x-rays) are an important part of your orthodontic care. Orthodontists utilize x-rays to help diagnose the health of the teeth and gums and the relationship of the jaws to the rest of the facial structures. Some patients wonder if dental x-rays are safe because they expose the patient to radiation.
Let me assure you that in our office, the amount of radiation used to obtain our films is very small (a fraction of what the normal person is exposed to through natural environmental sources). We also follow the ALARA principle, which stands for “As Low As Reasonably Achievable,” when obtaining radiographs. This means that all our equipment is digital-state-of-the-art, utilizing the least amount of exposure necessary in order to capture the proper image. We also only order x-rays that are needed for the proper diagnosis and that are consistent with the principles and guidelines set forth by the American Association of Orthodontists.
We promise to do all we can in order to make your orthodontic treatment safe and effective. Please feel free to speak with me if you want to learn more about the benefits and safety of orthodontic radiographs.