An Orthopantomogram or an OPG, is a digital dental scan that gives a panoramic view of the upper and lower jaws and teeth using x-rays. Usually requested by a dentist.
These are special x-rays of the lower face, teeth and jaws. An OPG provides a panoramic view of the mouth, teeth and bones of the upper and lower jaws. The Lat Ceph results in a lateral or sideways view of the face.
A Lateral Cephalogram or a Lat Ceph, is another digital dental scan that is also performed on the OPG machine. This scan provides a lateral (side) view of the skull. This type of scan is predominantly used for orthodontic planning but may be used to check other things such as how your teeth bite together.
Dental Scans require you to stand upright in a stationary position, lightly biting a sterile mouthpiece to steady your head and eliminate any movement for the duration. The dental scan usually takes 10 seconds to complete.