Digital radiographs allow Dr. West to evaluate supporting structures of the face and jaws not visible in a clinical exam. Preferable to traditional x-ray films that require chemical processing, digital radiographs reduce the amount of radiation exposure to the dental patient significantly. In addition, digital x-rays use a lower dose of radiation than 3-D cone beam scans.
Dr. West is very conscientious about the use of radiographs and abides by the medical and dental “ALARA” principal, which means “as low as reasonably achievable.” This is why 3-D cone beam scans are only used when absolutely necessary, particularly in complex cases, rather than for every patient.
Digital Dental Impressions
An accurate representation of the teeth is essential for proper treatment planning and orthodontic care. In many instances, a digital scan of your teeth will be used instead of a traditional impression to produce an accurate model of your teeth. This digital model can then be sent to Invisalign or to an orthodontic lab, where your custom appliance(s) can be fabricated. In addition, the digital models of your teeth can be stored electronically in your patient chart for quick and easy access at your appointment.
Onscreen visualization – the clinician and patient can view the digital image being created in real-time as the teeth are scanned.
Replaces traditional impressions – reduces the use of impression material that can cause patient discomfort or gagging.
Superior accuracy – the elimination of multiple steps used in producing models of the teeth with impressions greatly increases the accuracy of the model for use in the fabrication of orthodontic appliances.
What people are saying about West Orthodontics
Everyone in the office is enjoyable to work with. I like how they put the ownership of their teeth and retainer (in our case) on my 9 year old. This made her more responsible for her own device and teeth. Easy to schedule, never a wait, clear communication on everything. Glad after a couple looks around town, we decided to choose West Ortho!
super nice staff they took me help me a lot
Dr. West and all the staff are fabulous here! So welcoming and friendly, and really put time towards you with each visit. Each patient gets high quality care in their treatment process! ???????? Highly recommend
Super fun and bright Orthodontics family! They're my favorite and I'm happy to be under their care!
Oh my gosh! :) I have way too many nice things to say about this great practice! To start, I was so impressed by not only the facility but by every staff member working in the office, including Dr. West! Their professionalism is off the charts, but it's the kindness and patience which everyone exhibits that sticks with me (and my tween daughter) the most! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️