The iTero® scanner is a device that is used by dentists and orthodontists to map out the mouth in preparation for improvements in the bite and smile. In order to do these things, information is needed that indicates the exact position and location of the teeth and gums. This is typically done by making impressions of the teeth. Without these impressions, it would not be possible to develop an appropriate treatment plan.
The iTero® scanner works by using digital technology to come up with a 3D diagram of the mouth. It uses hundreds of focal points to come up with measurements in nearly every way imaginable. This basically becomes the blueprint by which the orthodontic product will be made. The scan is much more precise than what could be achieved with traditional impressions.
If you are a patient, you will appreciate the speed at which the iTero® scanner works. All the information necessary to develop the map of the mouth can be gathered in just a few minutes. As a result, you will spend much less time in the chair than you would with the traditional method.
The traditional way of making impressions involves the use of a liquid plaster product for making a mold of the teeth and gums. In order to do this, metal plates are placed in the mouth on the insides of both the upper and lower jaws. The liquid solution is then used to surround the teeth. The patient must sit until the solution becomes an elastic-like solid material. The mold that is formed through this process is then sent to the lab, which will make the final product.
The plaster that is used for traditional impressions makes a mess and, consequently, can be aggravating to the patient. Additionally, some of the solution can run down the throat and cause gagging. From start to finish, making dental impressions the old-fashioned way is a much lengthier and more tedious process than the quick and easy iTero® scanner.
The information gathered from the scanner is saved as a digital file on a computer. It is also electronically sent to the lab that will be making the products. Since the transmission can take place in nearly an instant, time is saved. It is not necessary to physically ship molds. These images are much more precise than what is achievable otherwise. This also benefits the patient because the end products fit much better.
If you have been dreading getting molds made for a product like Invisalign®, you can rest assured that the process will be fast and comfortable with the iTero® scanner. Patients looking to receive braces in Oak Lawn or Frankfort can find exceptional orthodontic treatment at Petty, Bielik & Burke Orthodontics. Whether you are looking for braces, aligners or retainers, you will without a doubt find the iTero® scanner to be a dramatic improvement over the traditional method. We are conveniently located in Oak Lawn and Frankfort. Contact us today to schedule an orthodontic appointment!