Why Dental X-Rays Are Needed Before Getting Braces

Behind many otherwise brilliant smiles, there may be teeth that need straightening and repositioning. Luckily, technology is available to help those who suffer from teeth misalignment. X-rays can show the shape of how teeth are coming in and help guide orthodontists in how to help reshape for maximum effect.

The process of installing braces entails more than binding bands, sticking brackets, or connecting wires. Anyone who has braces on knows the thorough examination necessary to give any patient the perfect fit for their braces. Part of this procedure is examining one’s teeth via a dental x-ray.

Dental x-rays are tools for diagnosis

Not all oral ills are visible to the naked eye. Dental dilemmas can be present in the gums, beside tooth roots, and in between the narrow crevices of your teeth. Your dentist, no matter how experienced, can only see so much with the naked eye. This is where dental x-rays come in. Through x-rays, your dentist can get a clear picture of how your teeth look from the inside out. Through dental x-rays, many teeth troubles that go beyond cavities and decayed teeth are more easily weeded out.

A dental x-ray examination is a must before any orthodontic procedure. Through dental radiographs, your dentists get a clear visualization of any deformities. Dental deformities such as overcrowding, tumors, or the development of pathogens have to be treated first before installing braces. When overlooked, such defects may worsen your dental troubles.

Rest assured that at South Airdrie Smiles, we only use digital X-rays which produce the lowest possible dose of radiation

Dental X-Rays Help Track Progress

Installing braces isn’t a one-time big-time thing. The process does not end the moment you leave the clinic right after your braces have been successfully installed. It takes months or even years of thorough monitoring before the process comes to a close. To do this, your dentist will need the help of dental x-rays to aid in the examination.

Braces help reposition your teeth. Dental x-ray imagery from past consultations is compared to more recent ones to see how much your teeth have realigned. These records tell your dentist which way to go. Whether your braces have to be tightened, loosened or altered altogether depends on the records your dental x-ray images show.

In a nutshell

Braces not only serve the purpose of repositioning your teeth. They change the shape of your mouth and sketch an even more beautiful smile on your face. Dental x-rays are done to diagnose and monitor what goes on in the patient’s mouth. It pays to remember that doctors on their own can only do so much. Various instruments have to be used to give accurate diagnoses and execute changes for prescribed treatments. One of these instruments is the dental x-ray. It enables your dentist to see more than what the naked eye can see to paint a brighter smile on your face.

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Traditional Braces vs Invisalign; What’s the Right Choice for Me?

If you or someone you know has crooked or crowded teeth, you may be wondering what is the best method to fix them.

In 1728, French dentist Pierre Fauchard, who is often credited with inventing modern orthodontics, published a book entitled “The Surgeon Dentist” on methods of straightening teeth leading.

Orthodontics is the treatment of irregularities in the teeth (especially of alignment and occlusion) and jaws and includes the application of braces.

Modern braces come with different variation of materials like, metal (traditional braces), ceramic braces, lingual braces and self-ligating braces.

But you may have heard there’s another alternative to traditional braces called Invisalign…

And you might first wonder, “What’s an Invisalign? “

Also called “clear aligners”, Invisalign was invented in 1997 by two Harvard students, Zia Christi and Kelsey Wirth. These two brilliant people invented and founded the Align Technology®.

Invisalign is also classified as a brace, though they do not look like traditional braces as they are clear, and nearly invisible, thus the name.


A woman putting in her Invisalign
  1. The dentist takes a 3D image of your mouth and shows you using software what your smile will look like after the treatment
  2. Multiple aligners are made to take your teeth from where they are to where you want them to be over the course of the treatment, a little change at a time
  3. Invisalign are transparent and therefore most people won’t notice you’re wearing them
  4. They can be removed easily
  5. Easier to continue regular dental hygiene, brush and floss as normal (meaning do it daily)
  6. Custom trimmed to gum line for a more comfortable fit
  7. Often take less time than traditional braces

Traditional Braces

  1. Effective method to straighten even severely maligned teeth
  2. Made from high-grade stainless steel
  3. Tends to be more affordable than Invisalign
  4. Dentists usually recommend traditional braces for those who have overcrowded teeth
  5. Better choice for people who can’t or won’t remember to wear their Invisalign 22 hours a day.

Invisalign is an innovative class of braces but it is not a perfect tool. Though it is a high-tech tool for fixing your smile it still has its drawbacks. For example: it turns yellow when you casually smoke or drink soda, it is often more expensive than traditional braces, and you must remember to put them in and remove them while eating.

a smiling mouth with traditional metal wire braces
traditional braces

Traditional braces are the “go to” for many dentists especially for teenagers and children. Same as Invisalign, traditional braces are not perfect either. There are issues with eating; especially crunchy and sticky foods, wires tend to loosen, it usually takes 1 – 3 years depending on the patient’s case. These are just some examples of the cons of having traditional braces.

Whichever method you choose, don’t hesitate to gain the confidence and healthier life that a beautiful, straight smile can bring. We would love to help you achieve this.

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What You Need To Know About Caring for Your Child’s Braces

The time has finally arrived, and you’ve just found out your kid is going to have to have braces. Brackets have been recommended to get the job done. So now what? What do you, as the parent, need to know about caring for your child’s braces?

Because it’s so easy for food to get stuck in wired braces, kids who wear them need to work extra hard to keep their teeth clean.

Well, here are 4 golden rules and a few tips to help you along.

Rule #1 – Brush after meals is essential. And so is daily flossing. Your dentist can give your child a special flosser especially used for around braces

Rule #2 – Regular dental check-ups and cleanings to look for cavities are also a must.

Rule #3 – Your child should avoid certain foods that may cause damage to the braces. These include foods and treats such as popcorn, hard and sticky candy, and gum.

Rule #4 – Sugary sodas and juices should be avoided as well. Due to the high sugar content of certain drinks, they can contribute to tooth decay. If your child does have some to drink, again brushing the teeth is paramount in keeping the teeth healthy under the braces.

Have pain relievers on hand.

Because braces put pressure on the teeth, they can feel uncomfortable once in a while. This happens especially after the braces are adjusted. Taking over-the-counter pain relievers and eating soft foods can help if this happens.

orthodontic wax helps alleviate discomfort
orthodontic wax helps alleviate discomfort

Keep orthodontic wax nearby.

This is used if a sharp spot on the braces or wire emerges. The wax will keep it from rubbing the inside of the mouth or gums until you can get back to the dentist and have it fixed.

Call your dentist if your child has a loose wire or bracket or has a wire that is poking their mouth. It’s good the get these fixed as soon as possible so the braces can continue to do their job and without any discomfort. The orthodontic wax will keep your child comfortable until they can be seen by the dentist.

If your child is using Invisalign or some other clear plastic aligners, your child should always remove them when it’s time to eat. And then, of course, brush and floss before putting the trays back on the teeth.

Using these few Rules and Tips, you and your child should do just fine while they’re having their teeth straightened with braces.

In addition to this topic, we’re pleased to offer a FREE report that provides information vital to your child forming good dental habits. Why not get your copy now? Getting Started With Your Child’s Oral Health – The Parent’s Guide, is just a click away. And it’s absolutely FREE.


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Where Do Braces Even Come From?

Ever wonder where do braces even come from? You’re probably not alone.

So, as a fun fact and something inquiring minds want to know…

Here’s your answer…

Turns out, it was actually the ancient Romans who first attempted to straighten their teeth.

A.C. Celsius
A.C. Celsius

Aulus Cornelius Celsus documented his attempts to straighten teeth with the force of his own hand by applying pressure at certain regular points.

Celsus had reported success in his experiments, but it’s a little difficult to back up his work now. What is known is for years archeologists have found Roman burials with remains featuring a small gold wire on the teeth or what is left of them. Theories suggest the wire, known as a ligature wire, was used for a similar effect as Celsus intended. That being to straighten the teeth.


There is probably not a dentist out there who is using gold wire for you braces.

But it’s fun to know who thought up such an idea in the first place and how braces, as we know them today, came into being.

In addition to this topic, we’re pleased to offer a FREE report that provides important information. Why not get your copy now? The Smart Consumer’s Guide to Cosmetic Dentistry, is just a click away. And it’s absolutely FREE.


Also, for more information, to make an appointment, or have a question answered, you’re more than welcome to call us at South Airdrie Smiles at 587 805 3094  or click here to visit our website.