Why do teens need panoramic x-rays to start treatment?

In short, because it’s safer that way. Two-thirds of your teeth are below the gumline, and in the case of teens, they may have unerupted wisdom teeth that the orthodontist needs to know about to design the best treatment plan. To get the best clinical outcomes, we need to truly understand the patient’s mouth, which is why we require panoramic x-rays before we start treatment.