Our Dental Technology

At Sonrisas and Smiles we use some of the latest technology to provide the best diagnostic and clinical care, and to provide the maximum amount of comfort for patients. With all the new advances in digital dental radiography we are able to look at your teeth and dental health with more details and precision.


3D Panoramic X-Ray

3D Panoramic X-Ray

Introducing our newest piece of high-tech equipment, the Vatech Pano PaX-i3D X-ray machine! The PaX-i3D gives Dr. Aguilar-Garcia a clearer view of the bone and root structure, which gives him more accurate information to work with when creating a treatment plan. The ability to customize a field of view to show only a certain portion of the teeth and jaw allows us to minimize unnecessary radiation exposure. Additionally, lateral technology allows for a view of the entire side of the jaw and teeth, which is useful for implants, wisdom teeth extractions, and root canal treatment. Sonrisas and Smiles is one of only a few dental offices in the Springfield, Lorton, and Burke area that has this accurate, high-tech equipment. You’ll love seeing your teeth in 3D, and it is an excellent tool to help plan your dental treatment.


2D Panoramic X-Ray

2D Panoramic X-Ray

The 2D Panoramic X-ray lets us take one full picture of your whole mouth that helps us see things that we could never see before. Our staff usually takes a panoramic X-ray for all new patients visiting our office. The benefits of the Panoramic X-ray include:

  • Providing a more comfortable experience rather than holding X-rays films inside your mouth.
  • Giving us the opportunity to track and monitor the development of your teeth.
  • Allowing the doctor to view your bone, tissue, and teeth structure, including the roots.
  • The doctor may also use the panoramic X-ray to diagnose advanced periodontal disease, oral cysts, tumors and oral cancer, impacted teeth, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) and sinusitis.
  • Studies show that panoramic X-rays may cut radiation dose by 40% in comparison with internal bite-wing X-rays.

Nomad Pro 2

Nomad Pro 2

For internal X-rays, our staff uses a NOMAD Pro 2 Handheld X-ray to take bite-wing and periapical X-rays.

Bite-wing X-rays show details of the upper and lower teeth in one area of the mouth, and are used to detect decay between teeth, as well as changes in bone density caused by gum disease.

Periapical X-rays show the whole tooth, from the crown to beyond the end of the root to where the tooth is anchored in the jaw. Each periapical X-ray shows this full tooth dimension, and is used to detect any abnormalities of the root structure and surrounding bone structure.

The NOMAD Pro 2 Handheld system has reformed the way dental X-rays are taken. It is a lightweight product that makes it faster to take X-rays with fewer retakes. It is designed with an internal shielding that protects the operator from radiation leakage. This system can stay chair-side with the patients, making it easier and comfortable for children and anxious patients to get an X-ray.

Viewing X-rays

After X-rays are taken digitally, they are uploaded onto a chair-side monitor so that Dr. Aguilar-Garcia and our team can discuss the images with the patients, and develop a treatment plan.