How to take Clinical Photos

How to Take Clinical Photos Instructions:

Extraoral Photos

Begin with a blank background, either black or white

Photo 1

  1. Ask the patient to look directly at the camera without smiling.
  2. Take the photo.

Photo 2

  1. Ask the patient to smile where we can see lots of teeth.
  2. Take the photo.

Photo 3

  1. Ask the patient to turn to their left side and don't smile.
  2. Take the photo.

Intraoral Photos

Photo 1

  1. Ask the patient to open their mouth wide and place the cheek retractors in
  2. Ask the patient or your assistant to hold the cheek retractors
  3. Ask the patient to bite down and turn slightly towards you
  4. Take the photo

Photo 2

  1. Remove the cheek retractors 
  2. Grab a mirror
  3. Place a cheek retractor in one side of the mouth
  4. Place the mirror on the other side of the mouth
  5. Ask the patient to bite down
  6. Take the photo

Photo 3

  1. Remove the mirror and cheek retractor
  2. Place the cheek retractor on the opposite side
  3. Place the mirror on the other side
  4. Ask the patient to bite down
  5. Take the photo

Photo 4 

  1. Remove the mirror
  2. Insert the cheek retractor on the missing side
  3. Have the assistant move the retractors to hold open the mouth from the top lip
  4. Ask the patient to turn slightly turn toward you and open really big
  5. Place the mirror above the patient's tongue
  6. Take the photo

Photo 5

  1. Remove the mirror
  2. Have the assistant move the retractors to hold open the mouth from the bottom lip
  3. Place the mirror back in the patient's mouth
  4. Take the photo
  5. Remove tools from the patient's mouth
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