Our advanced digital X-ray machines will allow us to capture a digital X-ray image of your teeth. We take a digital panoramic radiograph and a digital cephalometric radiograph.
The panoramic X-ray machine will spin around your head and create an X-ray of the top and bottom teeth, as well as the bone and sinuses surrounding the teeth.
Both X-rays are painless and efficient, as well as highly accurate. Digital X-rays are very safe and effective.
These X-rays will help us to diagnose your situation accurately. We can view that digital X-ray on the large-screen TV and discuss your treatment options. Digital X-rays can also be sent to your dentist for them to review for their exams and cleanings as well.
At Knapp Orthodontics, we have two intraoral scanners to assist in capturing the 3-dimensional position of your teeth. We use an iTero and a Medit scanner to take hundreds of pictures that are stitched together so we can digitally view your teeth and your bite.
This allows us to capture a very accurate and comfortable model of your mouth and teeth. We then use this model to make retainers in the office or send your digital models to a clear aligner company for them to fabricate clear aligners.
This allows us to avoid that forbidden gooey impression material (we know you remember it) for retainers and aligners. The digital model will be sent to the company immediately for faster fabrication and turnaround times. All of our orthodontic assistants will be very comfortable scanning your teeth.
After we obtain your 3D scan, we can send that scan to be printed. Knapp Orthodontics utilizes two Formlab printers to produce high-quality 3-dimensional models for making retainers and clear aligners.
We provide these models to our patients and offer them a discount upon request for a new retainer. These models can be produced very quickly and efficiently, allowing us to turn around retainers and clear aligners quickly.
Cone Beam CT
For select cases, Dr. Knapp will ask that we work with a local oral surgeon to acquire a 3-dimensional X-ray called a cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT). This X-ray can aid us by creating a 3-dimensional image of specific things like teeth that are stuck in bones or are headed in the wrong direction.
It can also help Dr. Knapp identify anomalies or pathology. Addressing these misguided teeth will often involve working with a local oral surgeon, so it’s nice to get them involved early in the process.