Before beginning orthodontic treatment with Dr. Theresia Sudjalim at Hawthorn Orthodontics, it is important to understand the significance of orthodontic X-rays, specifically lateral cephalometric (lat ceph) and orthopantomogram (OPG) X-rays. These imaging techniques provide valuable information about the structure and alignment of the teeth, jaws, and facial features, enabling Dr. Sudjalim to create a tailored orthodontic treatment plan.

Types of orthodontic x-rays

There are two main types of orthodontic X-rays required at Hawthorn Orthodontics and the good news is, that we have these facilities available on site for your convenience.

The first type of orthodontic X-ray is called a Lateral cephalometric, or Lat-Ceph for short. Lateral cephalometric X-rays offer a comprehensive view of theside profile of the face, allowing for the evaluation of skeletal structures, tooth positioning, and growth potential.

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By analysing the relationship between the jaws, teeth, and facial structures, Dr. Sudjalim can identify any underlying skeletal issues and plan the most effective orthodontic treatment approach. This type of X-ray is particularly beneficial for assessing the alignment and inclination of individual teeth, providing a detailed understanding of the patient’s unique dental condition.

The second type of orthodontic X-ray that Dr Theresia may require is an Orthopantomogram (OPG) X-ray. This orthodontic X-ray provides a panoramic view of the entire oral cavity, offering a comprehensive assessment of dental and skeletal structures.

Orthodontic Xray

With an OPG X-ray, Dr. Sudjalim can detect hidden issues such as impacted teeth, dental infections, or abnormalities that may affect the success of orthodontic treatment. By identifying these problems early on, appropriate orthodontic treatment planning can be offered, ensuring optimal oral health outcomes.

To have a full comprehensive orthodontic assessment with Dr Theresia, book here