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Digital X-Rays Are Better For The Earth, AND Better For You

DENTAL X-RAYS ARE AN important part of your oral health care. Among other things, they allow us to plan the best treatment for you, our valued patient.

However, old-fashioned, analog x-rays are not ideal for our patients, our dental office, OR our environment.

The Hazards of Traditional X-Rays

The development of old film x-rays required hazardous materials. For example:

  • Silver: X-ray fixer has enough silver to warrant a “hazardous waste” label, and can’t legally be dumped into the water system.
  • Lead: Lead is a dangerous neurotoxin. Discarded, it sits in the topsoil for years, is absorbed into plants, and enters our food system.
  • Other Dangerous Chemicals: These include Ammonium Thiocyanate and Anhydride, both major irritants to eyes, nose, and respiration.

That’s Why We Use Digital X-Rays

First, digital x-rays eliminate the need for those harmful materials. But beyond that, digital x-rays are safer and more convenient for YOU!

  • Digital x-rays cause 70-90% less radiation exposure than traditional x-rays.
  • We get images with higher resolution, which we can zoom in on, enhance, and duplicate.
  • Digital images are instantly available—no need for development. We can just pop them up on the screen right away to discuss them with you, which saves you time.

Direct Digital Imaging Helps Us Plan Your Treatment

DeSimone Orthodontics was the first in the area to use digital imaging, which reduces radiation for our patients by more than 90%. There are two different types of imaging: direct digital and regular digital. We have direct digital, which decreases radiation an extra 10% compared to regular.

In addition to reducing radiation, direct digital allows Dr. DeSimone to plan treatment using computer-aided design (CAD) systems that contribute to more precise treatment planning. This technology is an example of Dr. DeSimone’s dedication to providing the safest, quickest, most gentle, esthetic and highest quality of care.

Our Practice Is All About Looking To The Future

By using the best technology, we’re also giving you the best care WITHOUT making the environment pay the price. We’re working toward becoming a very eco-friendly practice.

And if you have any questions about our digital x-rays, please ask! We’re happy to talk about the steps we’re taking in our office to go green.


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