Which is the Right Camera for Short Term Orthodontics

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Clearly an impossible question as every entrepreneurial dentist or budding short term orthodontist will have their own preference for gadgets and gizmos to get the job done.

In this article we consider Which is the Right Camera for Short Term Orthodontics to help you take great intra-oral photographs

Indeed it was a frequent question on our recent round of Quick Straight Teeth training courses just completed. And whilst our own specialist orthodontist Preet Bhogal has his preferences for the ‘high tech’ here is a great review by one of our budding QST dentists Dr Angela McIntosh and her Practice Manager Glen Tattersall after reviewing several options in the market just recently.

They were also kind enough to thrown in some tips they uncovered to help those just starting out with intraoral photography.

“We have been using our new camera for a while now and it is proving very easy to use and reliable just using the auto functions. I researched the “best”manual settings and found the manual function was very complex and didn’t really improve things much and in fact, auto is so easy I only use it now. After a little practice, I am now taking the 9 recommended shots first time – great for the patient – all in less than 5 minutes including checking them on the computer.

The camera is a Canon 1200D body with a  Canon 100mm Macro Lens (EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM) without the stabiliser (IS version) and a Glanz ring flash. The Canon lens as only a little more than the Sigma equiv and the Glanz basic ring constant light flash is $120 compared to $750 for the Canon.


It is a basic camera, good lens (but not the best) and a basic ring flash. All up it was ~$1150. You could easily spend double that with the stablised lens (+$350) and ring flash (+$630) and by what the camera guy was saying, most people would not be able to pick the difference.

The macro is set to .31m focus.

To take portrait, use the camera flash, Portrait mode, focus and take a shot. Simple. You need to be about 2.5m from the patient for portrait shots using the macro lens.

To take Intra-Oral shots, switch camera to Macro mode, turn on ring flash and snap away (around 500+mm from the patient). If you are too close, some teeth will be out of focus.

This is great feedback, and thanks to the guy’s at Pearly Whites Dental in Broome, appreciated.

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