When are orthodontic x-rays needed? Answers from Dr. Rodger Droel right here!
We strictly follow the guidelines of the American Dental Association. The guidelines state that x-rays should be taken only when necessary for diagnosis and treatment. At your first exam in our office, no x-rays will be taken. If I determine that x-rays are necessary, I will request copies from your family dentist. My goal is always to keep x-ray exposure to the minimum necessary for optimal treatment.
Panorex and full mouth x-rays are the most commonly shared x-rays. Cephalometric x-rays are sometimes needed. If so, we will take Cephalometrics at our office.
Some dentists and orthodontists take many other x-rays, such as Cone Beam CTs. I rarely find them necessary or beneficial for orthodontic treatment. I prefer to avoid unnecessary radiation exposure.
If you would like to read more about dental x-ray safety, please see this recent article from American Dental Association: