In the not-so-distant past, dental and orthodontic procedures meant to replace or straighten teeth included the use of messy powders and potentially gag-inducing PVS impression material. This uncomfortable molding process resulted in improperly fitted crowns, mouth guards and other prosthetic devices that did not match a patient’s bite.
New technology like the state-of-the-art iTero® scanner enables dentists and orthodontists to provide a higher level of care. This dental device eliminates the need for making impressions that were once essential for providing an accurate fit for Invisalign® clear braces. In addition to making the process of measuring a patient’s mouth easier and more comfortable, the scanner also provides a higher degree of accuracy.
The iTero® wand utilizes precise imaging technology that captures the smallest details inside a patient’s mouth. The wand instantaneously transmits thousands of detailed images to the base station. Computer technology processes the image data into a 3D model that can be updated in real time. This high-tech process eliminates the time-consuming, traditional method of creating a mold impression from gradually hardening materials or a cumbersome machine. These antiquated methods often made the patient uncomfortable, which could significantly alter the results of the impressions.
Patients may also have had to adjust their mouths and bites to accommodate the mold and remain stationary so the doctor could obtain the best image. This may have resulted in an impression that differed from the patient’s normal bite pattern, which could make dental appliances fit incorrectly. The iTero® scanner eliminates these potential problems.
This newer technology allows for more accuracy and impressions that are less prone to error. The iTero® scanner is faster and requires fewer retakes. The prosthetic devices can be produced quicker and require less fine-tuning, which improves patient comfort and satisfaction. Since the digital scan can also be sent directly to a lab, the process saves time and improves communication between the care provider and the device manufacturer.
If you need braces for misaligned teeth or other dental work, schedule an appointment at Petty, Bielik and Burke Orthodontics, with locations in Oak Lawn and Frankfort. We will conduct an examination. Based on the results, our doctor will discuss the best course of treatment available to you. This may include the use of an iTero® scanner to create a custom-made mold.
Our professional staff will explain the process and ensure that you are comfortable throughout the treatment. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.