5 Reasons To Get Orthodontic Records

5 Reasons To Get Orthodontic Records

LA Imaging offers Los Angeles Orthodontics Records as part of a pre-treatment necessity. Pre-treatment records are important to determine facial growth patterns, confirm a diagnosis, and to plan a treatment. These Los Angeles Orthodontic Records may be taken more than once throughout the course of treatment with subsequent records taken to compare to initial records and to measure treatment. Below are the 5 reasons we believe you should get orthodontics records.

Confirm A Diagnosis

Orthodontic records are typically obtained when you come in for a consultation appointment and are useful in documenting the condition of your teeth, mouth, and jaw prior to planning the treatment you’ll receive. Your orthodontic records typically include your dental history, extraoral and intraoral exams, face and mouth photographs, and radiographs. This information is most important in determining exactly what need’s to be treated, and guarantees you’ll be promptly treated for the condition you have.

Plan Treatment

Orthodontic treatment is directly correlated to receiving a correct diagnosis, which emphasizes the importance of having detailed and accurate records in order to correctly plan your treatment. The Orthodontic records also give your dentist a picture of your overall medical history which is important because some patients might need to avoid being administered particular drugs or undergoing certain treatments. The orthodontic records then make it easy for your orthodontist to make sure you are given an alternative if it’s determined you cannot be administered a specific drug or treatment.

Determine Facial Growth Patterns

An often overlooked but crucial use for orthodontic records is being able to track facial growth patterns over periods of time. This is additionally important because if something in your teeth/mouth/jaw changes, your orthodontist can determine even slight changes and determine if something needs to be done to treat what has changed, as well as what specifically has changed. This could be especially useful for adolescents and young adults whose wisdom teeth begin causing other teeth to shift, or if they are impacted or growing in incorrectly. The sooner something is caught before it begins to cause irreversible damage and/or pain, the better and the better you can be treated.

Keep Track of Patient History & Records

Being able to look at a patient’s dental history and records is extremely beneficial for your orthodontist because they can see if anything changes over time, and can track those changes. This allows any significant changes to be caught by your orthodontist as soon as possible, before significant damage is caused, and that can make an enormous difference in how the change affects you and what treatments you need to receive. For example, wisdom teeth in the beginning stages of being impacted can be caught and treatment before extreme pain or an infection occurs.

Measure Progress

Being able to track the progress of your dental work and treatments are crucial to the planning of future treatments. If it’s determined a past treatment doesn’t work for you, your orthodontist can see that and decide what to do from there. If they weren’t able to track your progress, you could potentially continue to be treated with something that isn’t benefiting you as much as something else could, which in turn affects the overall health of your teeth, mouth, and jaws. It’s important your orthodontist makes measuring your progress a priority to be sure you continue to receive the treatment you need and you are making the correct progress with your treatment.

If you are in need of any advanced dental imaging, ask your dentist about LA Imaging, or you can schedule an appointment at either our Beverly Hills or Encino today!


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