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Orthodontic Treatment at Ruppel Orthodontics, located in O'Fallon, MO and Highland, IL!

A Cephalometric X-Ray, also referred to as a CEPH X-Ray, takes pictures of the lateral or side view of the face. Similar to a Panorex X-Ray, the complete radiographic image provides a way to view the teeth, jawbone and soft tissues that cannot be seen with the naked eye. However, instead of the circular, continuous motion of a Panorex X-Ray, CEPH X-Rays are captured through a side-to-side, sweeping motion. This profile view of one's face displays the bones and facial contours on a single film for a more accurate diagnosis. This type of x-ray is primarily used in the orthodontic planning and treatment process. Although CEPH X-Rays may be taken intermediately throughout orthodontic treatment to view progress, these x-rays are usually only taken before and after orthodontic treatment. CEPH X-Rays are extraoral, so patients do not have to insert any sort of trays, bitewings or films into the mouth.

CEPH X-Rays are safe, fast, painless, and extremely effective. Focusing on the patient’s side profile, the CEPH X-Ray only takes about 10 seconds to capture the x-ray and five to six minutes to develop the final image. Once the image is ready, the patient’s smile can be “traced” in order to calculate how his or her jaw and surrounding bone will respond to orthodontic treatment. By tracing each patient’s individual smile, our orthodontist can determine a specialized, custom treatment plan. Orthodontists find CEPH X-Rays particularly helpful, because they are able to predict the overall success of orthodontic treatment.

In addition to orthodontic treatment, CEPH X-Rays are commonly used to:

  • Diagnose broken or cracked teeth and/or jaw fractures
  • Explore TMJ symptoms
  • Obtain exact measurements of teeth and/or root structures
  • Assess both overbites and underbites

If you are interested in learning more about CEPH X-Rays and what they can do for your smile, please do not hesitate to contact our office. 

Orthodontic Services in O'Fallon, MO and Highland, IL

Creative Smiles at Winghaven

3011 Winghaven Blvd.
O'Fallon, Missouri 63368

Smile Design Dental Center

1338 Sunburst Drive
O'Fallon, Missouri 63366

Highland Family Dentistry

12605 Troxler Avenue
Highland, Illinois 62249

Deer Creek Dental

2941 Highway K
O'Fallon, Missouri 63368