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Digital Radiographs

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Radiographs, or X-rays, provide Dr. Housewright with invaluable information about your oral and dental health. In fact, orthodontic treatment cannot be safely administered without the information provided by radiographs. They are extremely important for diagnosing your orthodontic condition, planning your treatment and monitoring your treatment progress. Radiographs may also be used to diagnose pathology and to follow growth and development. At Inspire Orthodontics, we adhere to the best practices principal of ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable). This means that our goal is to use the least amount of X-rays necessary to provide the most beneficial diagnostic information with the maximum benefit for each individual patient. We do not prescribe 'routine, periodic' radiographs on a fixed timeline (for example, "every 6 months"). Rather, Dr. Housewright will only prescribe a radiograph when strategically warranted for diagnostic and/or treatment needs. This significantly reduces radiation exposure for our patients.

While radiographic equipment does produce radiation (and depends on that radiation to function properly), modern advances in technology are continually reducing the amount of radiation that is produced. In fact, studies have shown that the amount of radiation produced by these machines is not significantly higher than other "normal" sources of radiation that we are exposed to on perhaps a daily basis, such as televisions and atmospheric conditions. Dr. Housewright has chosen to use a digital radiograph machine in the office which operates with significantly less X-rays than film-based machines. These radiographs can be manipulated and measured by Dr. Housewright with sophisticated computer software for different goals, and can be transmitted digitally to other providers when needed with absolutely no loss of quality in the image.

X-rays work on a simple principle: the X-rays are stimulated and sent through the area of the body that is of interest to the clinician. They are absorbed more by hard tissues (i.e. bones and teeth) and less by soft tissues (i.e. gums, cheeks and tongue). A digital sensor (or film, for film-based systems) captures the X-rays that pass through, and the computer uses the sensor information to create a picture, called a radiograph.

While this radiation is very low, it is still recommended that pregnant women avoid any unnecessary X-rays. However, pregnant women are also more vulnerable to gum disease, so X-rays may be recommended, in which case, proper precautions should be taken, such as using a lead apron and thyroid collar. If there is any chance you are pregnant, please inform Dr. Housewright and/or your radiograph technician so that the appropriate accommodations can be made.


Dolphin Imaging Software

Dolphin Imaging Software can be utilized in many ways to enhance the diagnosis and treatment planning of your orthodontic condition:

  • Photographic image documentation, morphing and illustration
  • Surgical planning
  • Radiographic image storing, measurement and manipulation
  • Facial analysis
  • Skeletal analysis
  • Dental analysis

iTero Scanning

The iTero Digital Impression System replaces the traditional goopy dental molds with a 3D laser scan of your teeth and bite. The incredibly accurate digital models of your teeth are used by Dr. Housewright to aid with diagnosis, treatment planning and virtual design of your orthodontic treatment, creating your one-of-a-kind, customized smile! The digital files can then be forwarded electronically to laboratories for fabrication of Invisalign and Invisalign Teen aligners and many other appliances.

This revolutionary technology allows us to start with a perfect model, which will ensure perfect results in the end.


Lythos

Lythos is a three-dimensional (3D) handheld intraoral impression system. Using this laser-reflection, video-capture technology, an extremely precise virtual model of your teeth and bite is created without the use of traditional goopy dental molds. Dr. Housewright then uses your digital model and diagnostic exam records, along with the revolutionary Insignia Advanced Smile Design software, to help diagnose and treatment plan your individual, completely custom smile and bite. Once complete, your digital impressions are used to reverse-engineer completely custom orthodontic Damon System brackets and archwires to fit your individual teeth, smile and jaw-shape.

Some benefits of the Lythos digital impression system include:

  • Accuracy: Images are completely precise.
  • Efficiency: Patients spend less time in the treatment chair getting impressions.
  • Comfort: Images are captured using a small, gentle wand. No messy putty is used.