Diagnostic path - Reggio Emilia - Dott. Enrico Albertini
Diagnostic path - Reggio Emilia - Dott. Enrico Albertini
Diagnostic path - Reggio Emilia - Dott. Enrico Albertini

The Magic of a Smile

Diagnostic path

The definition of orthodontic treatment planning requires the storing of a complete documentation that allows the case to be studied accurately: for this reason all patients are given two appointments in order to allow identification of any problems.


  • First appointment: the patient has the opportunity to get to know our team and get further information on Orthodontics. Following the gathering of anamnestic data (general information and health) an accurate examination will be performed: at the end of this visit, the patient is informed on whether orthodontic treatment is necessary. If it is, the starting date will be discussed. In this case the required records are collected to study the case (photographs, x-rays, impressions for the development of plaster models) and, if necessary, further radiographic exams are prescribed. Should the patient be in possession of recent pertinent records, such as x-rays, he/she is kindly requested to bring them for the first appointment.
    Record collection allows the following analysis:
    Face and mouth photographs: they let us analyze features (asymmetries, profile harmony, type of soft tissues) and malocclusion type.
    Plaster models (created after dental impressions): they allow the measurement of tooth dimension and to know how much space there is in the arches.
    X-rays:
    Panoramic x-ray: we can see the presence and the position of all deciduous and permanent teeth. Panoramic x-rays also gives the Doctor information about contiguous structures (temporomandibular joint, maxillary sinuses, etc.).
    Latero-lateral cephalometric teleradiography: taken from a side projection, it allows one to see the reciprocal position of jawbones and teeth and to predict skeletal structure growth.
    Postero-anterior cephalometric teleradiography: taken from a frontal projection, it allows one to see the presence of asymmetries in jawbones and tooth position.
    Some specific cases that need an exhaustive diagnosis (serious asymmetries, included teeth, articulated malfunctions) can require other radiographic exams such as like TAC, “cone beam” volumetric tomography, scintigraphy, MRI scans.

-Orthodontic check-up (or case study): the Doctor studies all the records and, after taking measures on models and analyzing outlines of cephalometric analyses on x-rays, he reaches his diagnosis and decides which treatment he has to carry out.

Case Presentation (second appointment): the Doctor explains to the patient or to his parents (if the patient is a child) the orthodontic check-up results (case study). He also gives information about therapy type, equipment required, the duration and costs. It is very important that both the patient’s parents come to this meeting (the child need not to come to this meeting).

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