Orthodontic Records

Orthodontic records create a baseline of the patient at the start of treatment and produces a facsimile of the patient for treatment planning study. Excellent orthodontic treatment outcomes develop from excellent orthodontic decision making.  The foundation of excellent treatment planning is the orthodontic diagnostic record. 

  1. The examination starts with an assessment of the facial structure, profile, symmetry, lip esthetics and harmony with the underlying tooth and jaw structure.  Think of the bizarre appearance of Hollywood stars attempting to improve the look of their lips with plastic surgery.  Instead, orthodontics takes an inside out approach that sets the hard structure scaffolding for the best facial appearance.  The jaw joints and related muscle will also be examined to detect facial pain and TMJ (temporomandibular joint pain) issues.

  2. Dental examination:  Dr. Bentele was a general dentist for 11 years prior to his orthodontic residency so he places great emphasis on a thorough dental examination to detect problems with the health or structure of the gum tissue, esthetics of the teeth and to think through factors which may affect the orthodontic plan such as aligning roots next to a missing tooth that needs an implant.

  3. Panoramic x-ray:  Your general dentist typically uses bite wing x-rays to detect dental decay between the teeth.  A panoramic x-ray gives a broader overview of the facial structure to include the sinuses, temporomandibular joints (TMJ), bone structure and tooth position.

  4. Cephalometric x-ray: This is a profile view of the facial structure.  It used to determine the position of the jaws and their proportionality relative to each other.  It also reveals the angulation of the incisors relative to each other and to the facial profile.  The cephalometric film is analyzed in the Dolphin Imaging program. (www.dolphinimaging.com )  Structures within the head are plotted and a number of analyses may be produced.  This amazing program even allows us to match the x-ray to the photo and make surgical predictions.

  5. Facial and intraoral photos:  These create a record of the patient’s appearance at a point in time and allow study of the profile, gum tissue and esthetics of the teeth.  These will be repeated at the end of treatment for a Before/After view and will be viewed many times during treatment as a reference to the starting point.  The photos are essential for patient education during the treatment planning conference.

  6. Dental study models: Impressions of the teeth and supporting structures are taken for a 3-dimensional reference.  These are used to measure the space available for alignment and are essential to visualizing the desired outcome.  In this office, and in a small percentage of high quality oriented orthodontic offices, a centric relation mounting of the models is also accomplished.  The relationship of the upper jaw to the skull is measured and the lower jaw is mounted to this in a device called an articulator.

( www.sam-dental.de)  This extra step shows the orthodontist how the jaws would fit together if the crooked teeth didn’t cause the jaw to slide around in an attempt to compensate for a bad bite.

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2575 Montebello Drive West,
Suite 101, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Tel: (719) 268-7138
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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.