At Innovative Orthodontic Centers, we use DEXIS CariVu™ combined with digital x-rays to detect caries, or cavities, no matter where they’re hiding. CariVu is a radiation-free, small, handheld device that uses patented transillumination technology to shine near-infrared light on the teeth. The light makes enamel look transparent and cracks and decay appear dark. We’re able to spot cavities in their earliest stages, allowing for more conservative treatment that won’t interrupt the teeth-straightening process..
X-rays don’t always pick up decay when it’s on certain areas of the teeth until it reaches the more advanced stages. CariVu can uncover these lesions early on even in hard-to-see spots. This means treatment will be simpler and less invasive.
A Second Opinion
If an x-ray reveals a suspicious area, we can use CariVu as a second opinion. It gives us a better look without exposing you to additional radiation. When combined with x-rays, the accuracy in detecting cavities is unmatched.
We’re able to show you the images on our screen so we’re all on the same page and you can see exactly what we’re seeing. This helps you feel informed and educated about your care and oral health.
No Ionizing Radiation
CariVu emits zero ionizing radiation. Instead, it relies on transillumination technology to show us the tooth’s entire structure quickly and safely. Since it’s so small, it’s also super comfortable for patients.