Digital Orthodontic X-rays

Bentele Orthodontics offers the latest technology with a digital Planmeca Promax. It offers superior clarity and detail with minimal x-ray (radiographic) exposure compared to traditional film.  One digital panorex on the the Planmeca has less than 10% of the radiation exposure of a traditional full mouth set of film x-rays and gives a much broader view of the teeth and associated structures.

  1. Panoramic X-ray
    This view shows not only the teeth but all of the root structures, the supporting bone, developing wisdom teeth, sinus cavities, and jaw joints (TMJs).  The panorex is useful beyond orthodontics as Dr. Bentele has been able to detect and refer patients for degenerative joints in the neck, calcified carotid arteries, calcified ligaments causing swallowing problems and calcified salivary glands.

  2. Cephalometric film
    A cephalometric film is a lateral head view that allows the orthodontist to measure and evaluate the relative position of the upper jaw to the lower jaw.  The angulation of the incisors outwards is also measured which guides the orthodontic treatment planning.  For example: if the incisors angle back then orthodontically angling them forward will give better lip support.  Conversely, if the incisors are angled outwards causing lip protrusion the extraction of some teeth may be indicated to correct an unstable/unaesthetic position.

  3. Dolphin Imaging: 
    This program manages the digital x-ray images.  This program interfaces with the Planmeca machine to take the images.  Then the x-ray images are adjusted for contrast and exposure and cropped to an ideal size.  Bony and soft tissue structures within the cephalometric films are digitally plotted so any number of measurements are available with a mouse click.  Dolphin Imaging even has the capability to produce a surgical prediction.  The profile photo is overlaid on the cephalometric x-ray.  The bony structure and teeth can then be digitally changed to a new position and the profile photo is morphed to give an idea of the outcome of a planned orthognathic surgical procedure.

Montebello Drive West
2575 Montebello Drive West,
Suite 101, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Tel: (719) 268-7138
Fax: (719) 599-5107
Woodland Park
791 W Kelley's Rd,
Woodland Park, CO 80863
Tel: (719) 687-6129
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What our patients say...

We went to an evaluation at an orthodontist before this one and the price seemed kind of high so then I came to an evaluation here & not only was the price lower but immediately we felt very comfortable and loved the atmosphere of the office. The staff is wonderful, always on time & Dr. Bentele is a great Dr. - very knowledgeable, friendly & with excellent communication. I would recommend this practice to everyone!

We highly recommend Dr. Bentele and his practice. He is honest, friendly, skilled & timely - you name it. He and his staff are wonderful! Angela at the front desk is especially kind and helpful. Best of all - Dr. Bentele creates a wonderful outcome of beautiful teeth. I've experienced two other orthodontists with other children and Dr. Bentele definitely outshines all - in every way - even in cost! I can't speak highly enough about Bentele Orthodontics!

This office is extremely thorough in explaining all aspects of orthodontics from finances to procedures. I'm very confident in this office.

Dr. Bentele makes the patient feel comfortable with his skill and calm confidence. He's honest about the treatment needed and tries to keep the patient informed of the treatment.

Dr. Bentele is our orthodontist for our two children. He provided clear treatment plans with a practical approach. Dr. Bentele does all of the banding and bonding himself and the office appointments are appropriately scheduled. Our children get in and out quickly and the office is never overscheduled, resulting in short waits and unhurried treatment. We're very satisfied and would recommend our friends to see Dr. Bentele!

Dr. Bentele and all staff have been very professional and the cost was reasonable. The approach of not having braces on longer than necessary is one area where I have seen other children suffer (children who went to other orthodontists). The way Dr. Bentele explains what he is doing and why has been good for my daughter to learn the importance of her treatment. I appreciate Dr. Bentele's patience with us as we experienced a difficult financial time during the beginning of our process.