Orthodontic Records

Getting ready for treatment

Before treatment can be started, a thorough examination is carried out and a set of diagnostic records is taken to determine the nature of your problem and what can be done to correct it. These procedures are necessary before your orthodontic problems can be analysed accurately. However, full diagnostic records are not necessary in some instances.

Diagnostic records


The OPG radiograph is a composite radiograph of the teeth and jaws. It shows, in one film, if you have a normal number of teeth, missing teeth, extra teeth, and wisdom teeth. Also, from the OPG a prediction can be made as to when the permanent teeth will erupt. These radiographs may be taken at regular intervals to check the changes in position of the teeth and also to check for of the roots, which can sometimes occur in treatment.



The "head" radiograph or cephalometric radiograph allows us to compare your tooth and jaw relationships to normal measurements. It also allows us to measure tooth movement and growth changes which are essential for treatment decisions. Computer analysis of the cephalometric radiograph differentiates tooth and jaw relationships as they compare to the normal measurements for a particular age group and other relative measurements. There are other x-rays that will sometimes need to be taken to check the Temporomandibular Joint (Tomogram) and any remaining growth you may have (a hand / wrist radiograph).



A new and exciting 3D x-ray machine has arrived at Bee Happy Orthodontics with patients no longer needing to travel to Melbourne to have i-CAT Cone-Beam CT scans taken.

Your Bee Happy Orthodontists now have access to ‘state of the art’ imaging capable of showing detailed anatomy in 3D.  The equipment and specialists are on site, so you can generally have these scans completed with little or not wait.

The most significant benefit in using the new Cone-Beam CT machine is dose reduction  when compared to examinations taken by medical CT scans. CBCT scans are taken sitting down in a chair and take approximately 15-20 seconds. If these types of x-rays are necessary for your treatment, your Orthodontist will provide you will a referral.



Moulds of the teeth, from which plaster study models will be made, are taken at the records appointment. The models will be used to study the dental problems as they exist at the beginning of treatment. The models are very valuable for reference during treatment planning and for evaluation of progress during active treatment.


Frontal and side head photographs are a part of the overall work-up of a case.  These facial pictures serve as visual aids for soft tissue analysis.  Photographs inside the mouth will also be taken to provide a record of the tooth positions at the time treatment begins.