Third-graders from Western Intermediate School recently took a field trip to Jarrell Orthodontics.
Dr. Kevin Jarrell provided an overview of the orthodontic process, and students visited X-ray, “thumbs,” hygiene and digital impression scanner stations.
At the X-ray station, students were given a look at the X-rays taken for orthodontic evaluation, and several students were able to don the lead vest and get into position as if they were going to have an actual panoramic X-ray taken. Moving from X-ray, the students made their way to the lab where they made models of their thumbs in alginate to give them an idea of the process used to make models of teeth for retainers.
After thumbs, it was onto the newest station: The Orthocad Orthodontic Digital Impression Scanning station. Here students were able to see how digital scans of a patient’s teeth are made which has basically eliminated the need for alginate impressions when a patient first starts treatment. One student from each class was able to have a scan taken while their classmates watched the digital pictures come up on the scanner screen. After that, it was back to the reception area for a brief lesson on proper brushing and flossing before they received their goodie bags which contained a “tooth” themed pencil, eraser, sticker, single use pre-pasted toothbrush, and the mold of their thumb.