Hand-Wrist Radiograph (Wrist X-Ray) for Orthodontic Treatment
Orthodontic treatment for
malocclusion moves faster during growth spurts. In
general, children have a pattern of fast growth, followed by slow growth in
late childhood, and then another growth spurt in the teen years. Because
children start this pattern at different ages, chronological age (real age)
doesn't indicate a child's stage of development very well. Some children just
develop faster or slower than others.
The hand-wrist radiograph, or X-ray image of the wrist bones, can
help pinpoint a child's skeletal age. Wrist bones develop to adult size in a
clear pattern. This has allowed experts to make a picture atlas of wrist bones
in various development stages. Orthodontists can compare a hand-wrist
radiograph with the atlas and find out a child’s skeletal age. With this data,
an orthodontist predicts the next growth spurt and makes a treatment plan that
takes advantage of the timing.
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