Orthodontic procedures are complex procedures that require a great deal of care and precision. They are intricate processes that may affect you as a client for many years. For that reason, the specialist has to gather as much information as possible about you before he begins the treatment.

Why Does the Orthodontist Need to X-Ray?

. He’ll want you to complete a paper that describes your current and past dental challenges and your desires. He will examine you personally by reaching in and looking into your mouth in-depths. He will talk to you personally and ask you about your expectations. Additionally, he may take several sets of X-rays. Here are some of the things that the orthodontist looks for when he performs an X-ray:

Impacted Teeth

Impacted teeth are teeth that are hidden and have not fully emerged from underneath the gums. Your orthodontist needs to see if you have these teeth because they can potentially cause a problem. For example, an impacted tooth may decide to emerge once your braces are in place. That could cause you extreme pain, and it could cause the orthodontist to have to remove them, which could potentially reverse all the progress that you made. He takes an X-ray of your mouth to prevent that from happening. By checking for impacted teeth early, he can develop a plan to work his way around it, or he can perform surgery to remove the teeth if you agree and if the removal is crucial to the progress of the alignment treatment.


Infection is another thing that X-rays can reveal. It’s not good for an orthodontist to perform a procedure if you have an infection. Opening your mouth up like that could cause severe issues for you and make an existing infection worse. If the X-rays show that you have one, your orthodontist can write you a prescription for antibiotics so that you can heal and get well before you have him do the procedure.

Advanced Diseases

Dental x-rays can show advanced diseases such as periodontal disease. It will be challenging for you to get braces if you have advanced stages of periodontal disease. However, it is not impossible. Your orthodontist may suggest that you see a periodontist before he continues your treatment. The other specialist can help you to get the condition of your mouth in order so that you can have your orthodontic treatment.

Oral Cancers or Tumors

X-rays can reveal oral cancer, which is something major that you should know that you have. You can still get braces in such a condition, but you may have to take certain precautions and undergo certain procedures. Cooperate with the specialist so that he can discover any abnormalities.

Tooth Decay

The x-rays that the specialist takes can reveal tooth decay. Tooth decay will not stop you from getting braces, but it will alert the orthodontist of his need to take action. He may suggest that you get a filling before he does the orthodontic work. In some cases, he may recommend extraction of the tooth. The recommendation will depend on the complexity and seriousness of the condition.

Bone Issues

X-rays can show the orthodontist whether you have a problem with your bones. The advanced phases of the periodontal disease can destroy the bones, but the pictures will let the specialist know what challenges he is facing exactly. The two of you can then decide the best route for treatment and the best way to get amazing results despite the challenges.


X-rays show the orthodontist which teeth you have fillings in if you forget because they are white ceramic fillings. The X-ray will pick up on them and help the specialist to develop a plan that is mindful of your vulnerable areas. Filled teeth are vulnerable because of the process of filling the tooth most definite involved removal of some of the tooth.

Strategy Development

Strategy development is another reason that orthodontists feel the need to take X-rays of the teeth before they do anything else. Braces and other forms of teeth alignment devices require careful strategic planning. Your specialist is going to want to maximize the amount of alignment correction that he can get from the procedure he’s going to do for you. To do that, he’ll have to get a whole picture of your situation. He’s going to want to see every part of your teeth so that he can visualize how they will move.

He’ll need to analyze the obstacles and challenges so that he can estimate the length of time that you will have to wear your braces. In other words, teeth alignment is a highly involved process that demands accuracy as well as precision. If you want it done right, you’re going to have to provide the specialist with the X-rays that he requires. They will make the results come out better, and in turn, you’ll be a happier customer.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

Dr. Samuel Papandreas provides expert orthodontic care for adults, teenagers and children at his facilities in:

• Brunswick, Ohio
• North Royalton, Ohio

His patients are fitted with customized orthodontic devices that include:

• Braces – color-matching ceramic or metal devices
• Retainers – worn at night when your braces are removed
• Invisalign aligners – clear plastic devices
• Palatal expanders – worn before your orthodontic treatment begins

You can schedule an appointment with Papandreas Orthodontics to learn about the best type of orthodontic treatment for you and your children to improve your smile correct your dental bite.

Papandreas Orthodontics
3511 Center Road, Suite B
Brunswick, OH 44212
tel: 330-558-9092


14200 Ridge Rd
North Royalton, OH 44133
tel: 440-582-8585